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Drone-sourced whale snot helping Aussie scientists gather vital data

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Whale snot sourced by a water proof drone is helping Australian researchers understand the whale population in greater detail. The substance is rich with DNA, viruses and bacteria and can help scientists understand whales’ behaviour. The drones fly close to the whale with an attached petri dish and get gather samples for the researcher to use. According to a report by ABC in Australia, before the drone-sourced whale snot they had to rely on whales that were either killed or beached to learn more. Macquarie University marine biologist Vanessa Pirotta is using a water-proof drone fitted with a petri dish
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