The main application of trigonometry in whale work is the use of
theodolites (surveyer's instruments) for determining position.
Sometimes scientists conduct land-based studies in places where whales
are close to shore, and they use theodolites to track the animals. This
way there is no disturbance to the animals from a research boat, so the
natural behaviors can be observed.
This technique has been used quite a lot in Hawaii, where humpback
whales are often close to the coast.
> How do you use trigonometry in your field and what kinds of instruments
> do you use when collecting data?
> Thank You,
> Jon Lunceford
Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.
tel. 508 495-2316 fax 508 495-2066 email: email@example.com
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