A team of federal rescue workers from the island of Maui, Hawaii, have rescued a 45-foot long humpback whale entangled in a web of debris. The team have launched a group of small-scale DJI drones and put them in action during this jaw-dropping animal rescue. The DJI quadcopter drones came courtesy of Oceans Unmanned, a non-profit organization based in California. The organization paired up with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary that’s currently administered by the Dept. of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, to help remove entangled whales off the coast of Maui.
For more than ten years, local volunteers and professional NOAA workers have worked relentlessly at cutting entangled whales free from fishing gear and various ocean debris. The use of the DJI camera-enabled drones have assisted their heroic efforts by allowing rescue workers to scope out the situation beforehand so they can safely remove the whale as quick as possible without putting themselves at risk. The rescue efforts of the NOAA have safely disentangled roughly 1,300 humpback whales over a span of 30 years. Entangled whales and other entangled marine animals can result in death by starvation, drowning and strangulation if not rescued in time. The DJI drone company will donate its ‘Phantom 4 Pro’ line of drones to the NOAA rescue team. There will also be online preparation classes for DARTdrones’ remote pilot certificate test.