SnotBot Event drew over one hundred participants

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Over 100 (maybe as many as 150) people attended the event, and were thrilled with Iain Kerr’s lecture at the Nature Center AND the drones at the airfield.


You can see pics of this great event here and here–thanks to Tom Bruno of the Westport Library!


Here was our event listing:


Join The Westport Library and the Friends of Sherwood Island at the Sherwood Island Nature Center for an exciting program featuring the Ocean Alliance and their revolutionary new method of collecting biological samples from whales using remote-operated drones, an invention they’ve named Snotbot. Snotbots hover in the air above a surfacing whale and collect the blow (or snot) exhaled from its lungs.


Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of the Ocean Alliance, a global leader in whale research and conservation since 1970 when it was founded as the Long Term Research Institute, will give a presentation about Snotbot and how it is transforming how we study whales. Immediately following, the Ocean Alliance will conduct a live demonstration of the Snotbot in action using 3D printed blowholes on the Country Squires Modelers Airfield at Sherwood Island. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Friends of Sherwood Island.


If you’ve ever been interested in whales, and how they’re now being researched with non-intrusive drones, this event’s for you!