What "whale snot" tells us about whales and the ocean

Vanessa Pirotta

Did you know some of the world's smallest organisms can be collected to help save the world's biggest organisms?

A unique convergence of technology, science, wildlife and innovation. Vanessa's collaboration with drone experts developed specialised drones to capture "whale snot" (blowhole spray) to see what bacteria and viruses whales carry to understand ocean health. Dynamic, young marine biologist who pioneered the use of emerging technologies such as drones for whale conservation. When she's not travelling the world for her research, Vanessa is frequently engaging in school outreach and participates in the Skype-A-Scientist program internationally. Now more than ever ocean and marine health is vital to our planet's existence.

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