With the support of industry and government, MAUI63 operates a powerful, long-range drone. Equipped with high-resolution cameras and a sophisticated computer vision system, the drone can identify Māui dolphins and adjust its course to follow them.
As there are hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of ocean to cover, the drone can’t be the only tool on the shelf to locate the dolphins. Qrious offered to help MAUI63 predict where the dolphins are likely to be, so the drone can more precisely locate and follow the dolphins.
Historical sightings of Māui dolphins from surveys conducted by boat are few, and usually only conducted in good weather and at certain times of the year. The hazards that these dolphins face, however, occur year-round and in all conditions. To succeed in tracking them, MAUI63 needs the capability to track the dolphins regularly and reliably.