Marine mammals and seabirds are impacted by drones - sometimes.
It appears that the answer is YES - they do react to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV or drones) sometimes.
Earlier in 2017 we set out to research the how drones were being used in California to fly over marine mammals. We found that drones are being used all over the world to collect data and share a new perspective of the beloved whale. This also has many drone pilots and concerned communities asking the same question: How do we (drone pilots) minimize our impacts to marine wildlife?
We asked the experts flying drones for research and commercial applications from all around the world. We have researched peer reviewed journals. Collectively, we developed a comprehensive best practices guide for drone pilots to fly responsibly, respectfully, and consciously in marine habitats and around marine wildlife.
We offer several recommendations for ways in which drone pilots can minimize the impacts of UAS usage on seabirds and marine mammals.
UAS pilot Quick Tip #1: Take a drone pilots course.
More Quick Tips and the Best Practice Guide coming soon - October 2017
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