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For the most recent dive on the SS Tahoe, check out the Return to the SS Tahoe expedition: <a href="http://bit.ly/29dYx3l" data-longurl="https%3A%2F%2Fopenexplorer.com%2Fexpedition%2Freturntothesstahoe">openexplorer.com/expedition/returntothesstahoe</a>
Minke whales are hunted in Iceland, yet, whale watching tourism depends on the very same whales. Iceland's fisheries ministry says that whale watching and whaling can co-exist but the whale watching industry that depends on these whales disagrees. Because the whalers hunt whales just offshore of a protected area boundary, there is no photo-id effort undertaken where the whalers hunt. A focused photo-identification and matching effort would take significant time to accomplish and time is not what these whales have. To demonstrate that these are indeed in the same whales the whale watch industry depends on, we're going to use minimally invasive satellite tags to track Minke whales in the area for up to 30 days. This could demonstrate how animals move about and better inform protected area boundaries protect whales and the many people who depend on live and healthy whales
Friday, June 10th ESC OpenROV Intern: Kim Ha "Today was the first time ESC's OpenROV was placed in the ocean and things went fairly well for a first trial. The water was a little rough today so Nessie had a little bit of a struggle getting far in the ocean. However, she still got a good distance away from the shore and into the water. It's a little difficult to see what's in the water even with Nessie's lights on full brightness due to murkiness of the water. An issue that we kept running into was seaweed collecting on Nessie which created drag and jammed her propellers. However, she stayed connected and working the whole time making this trial successful."
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