The fieldwork for SeaBee’s marine mammal application testing starts officially in 2023, but drones have been used to count seals in Norway for the last 5-6 years with a normal (Red Green Blue/RGB) camera. The animals are identified and annotated directly from the images.
In November 2020, an Infra-Red (IR) camera was tested, showing great potential. This will be explored further.
There are tentative plans to tag seals in the Vestfold region in September 2021, combining this work with NINA’s seabird surveys, and maybe even with NIVAs surveys on marine habitats