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Whales & Robots

Whales & Robots


Sperm whale inspects underwater robot (credit:


Curiosity is a characteristic one of intelligence and not restricted to humans.

Marine researchers received more than expected while gathering routine samples in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The crew on the Nautilus marine research vessel were using a remote controlled Hercules underwater robot (ROV) when a very curious sperm whale decided to check out the new creature in its midst. The whale made repeated efforts to inspect the vehicle while the normally staid researchers were giddy as little kids in their amazement. They captured the remarkable encounter with the robot's video camera and the whale's big eye is doing a lot of looking itself. No telling what the whale thought of the strange-looking creatures sitting in the control bubble. WHB

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