Instant Sighting Sharing Helps Prevent Vessel Strikes on Sea Turtles

Mysticetus is the leading technology (apps + cloud + reports) used by Protected Species Observers (PSO/MMO) to localize, track, record and report on animal sightings, GPS tracks, and effort.
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Mysticetus instantly shares all animal sightings amongst nearby PSOs. These tweets are an actual example (anonymized) of PSOs redirecting another boat around a leatherback turtle
Ship A and B are steaming north in rough Bft 6 seas - it is hard to see anything
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PSOs on Ship A spot a leatherback turtle 20m off their starboard bow. They plot the animal in the Mysticetus app, which displays it for them as they go by.
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Mysticetus instantly shares this sighting information with all surrounding vessels, including Ship B, and plots it relative to their real-time position. This shows a potential collision, the turtle is a mere 3 degrees to the right of Ship B’s course.
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Ship B PSOs coordinate with the captain to turn away from the turtle (which they never see themselves in the rough seas!) and maintain at least 270m from its last known position.
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While Ship B probably would have not struck the turtle anyways (the ocean is big) sighting sharing reduced the risk much further.

It’s 2021. Why aren’t we *all* using the most modern technology to protect animals?
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We find instant sharing helps PSOs divert other boats ~2 times each month on wind farm projects in the Atlantic.

In many cases the PSOs on the diverted boat never even see the animal they are diverting for.

More Info: davesteckler@mysticeus.com


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