|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Cetaceans, Ecotourism, Mammals|
|Date||30 Mar 2017|
This pilot project consists in implementing a land-based camera system to monitor the WW activities and the natural behavior of blue whales. We will test the equipment and program the recording system to be based in two alternating sites that have already proven to be ideal for blue whale observation. During this time, we will continue our focal surveys of individuals at sea. We also propose a meeting in Loreto with the whale watching (WW) captains and the park authorities to present preliminary results and discuss the new monitoring system.
Testing and programing the IP camera: We will first test the equipment from the roof of the CICIMAR Research center, adequately situated in front of the Ensenada of La Paz where it will be easy to test the recording distance of similar boats to the WW boats from Loreto and program the recording system. During this period, we will design the system to fix the camera and solar panel to rocky ground. The camera and its power solar system will be anchored safely in a remote site. Reviewing the recording will be done every day to insure proper functioning with check rate determined by environmental conditions and internal memory capacity and to adjust recording options.
Data analysis: Recordings will be reviewed continuously, and analyzed to get an assessment of the method for general WW activity monitoring and studying whale behavior. We will conclude, collate and propose the next steps for the camera system to be more efficient in the final report to Rufford Foundation.
Read about Diane's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/diane_gendron or for more information contact: