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2 October 2008 Multispectral observations of marine mammals
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Multispectral visible and infrared observations of various species of whales were made in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Quebec, Canada and Papawai Point in Maui, Hawaii. The Multi-mission Adaptable Narrowband Imaging System (MANTIS) was deployed in two configurations: airborne looking down, and bluff mounted looking at low-grazing angles. An Infrared (IR) sensor was also deployed in the bluff mounted configuration. Detections of marine mammals were made with these systems of submerged mammals and surface mammals at ranges up to 8 miles. Automatic detection algorithms are being explored to detect, track and monitor the behavior of individuals and pods of whales. This effort is part of a United States Navy effort to insure that marine mammals are not injured during the testing of the US Navy's acoustic Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) systems.
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Jon Schoonmaker, Joseph Dirbas, Yuliya Podobna, Tami Wells, Cynthia Boucher, and Daniel Oakley "Multispectral observations of marine mammals", Proc. SPIE 7113, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications V, 711311 (2 October 2008);

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