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Airplanes & Helicopters

Researchers use both airplanes and helicopters to get to the places they need to study. These can often be remote locations that are inaccessible by land, such as the frozen reaches of the Arctic and Antarctic. Air transportation can also be useful for ferrying scientists and supplies to and from Research Vessels that are at sea. Airplanes and helicopters are also valuable tools for observing marine life, such as spying on the behaviors of whales without worry of interfering with their activities.

A helicopter transports a snowmobile to the awaiting polar Research Vessel POLARSTERN (Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life, CeDAMar, Brigitte Hilbig)   Researchers in a small seaplane document biological hotspots in the Gulf of Maine such as this site of humpback whales feeding on a swarm of red-colored krill. (Gulf of Maine Area, GoMA, Heather McRae & Peter Stevick)

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