Sir Patrick Stuart has lent a helping hand to the promotion of Ocean Alliance, an organization that has just developed a new and improved method of studying whales that does not cause pain or stress to these animals. The innovative method includes a drone that could fly above the whale and thus avoid causing it any kind of disturbance.
The specialized drones developed by Ocean Alliance could even be used to collect snot samples from the whales, that could give scientists the necessary amount of genetic data that they need in order to conduct a wide range of studies. This could be a painless and stress free method of collecting samples, compared to the biopsy dart that is both painful and stressful to the animal.
“If all your doctor knew about your health was from chasing you around the examination room, blasting an airhorn and jabbing you with a needle”, than the medical examination would clearly convey borderline elevated stress levels, which might not be true in normal conditions. “Snotbot is designed to remove that aspect of the research process.” explains Ian Kerr, the CEO of Ocean Alliance.
In order to make people understand why the current methods employed in animal research need to be significantly improved, the advertisement video for the SnotBot features high class actor Sir Patrick Stuart in a regular home environment, being targeted by biopsy drones, being startled to death by a vuvuzela-like device and being stalked for his used tissue that contains the important snot.
After every instance, Ian Kerr explains that it is all in the name of research, but it is absolutely obvious that the entire process is significantly flawed and is in great need of improvements.
Ocean Alliance has the project for the SnotBot ready for the mass production of the devices, but it needs financial support in order to be able to achieve this bold task. This is why they have initiated a Kickstarter campaign, in order to be able to raise the necessary funds.
Those who choose to donate will be rewarded with symbolic items like highly specialized whale documentaries and even ocean trips for those who are interested in seeing the whales firsthand and how they respond to the state of the art device.
Their target amount is of $225,000 and hopefully Sir Patrick Stuart will provide them with the visibility that they so greatly need in order to be granted the funds.
It remains to be seen how the people are going to react to the advertisement campaign and to the SnotBot idea itself, but it has the potential to greatly improve the comfort levels of the animals during the development of research project. If the SnotBot proves to be successful, it could even inspire other similar devices that could be used in the research projects that target terrestrial animals.
Image Source: whale.org