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Feasibility on Infrared Detection of Cetaceans for Avoiding Collision with Hydrofoil
1 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
2 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Limited, Kobe, Japan
ABSTRACT: To achieve safer navigation without sudden collisions with large cetaceans at high speed boats such as the hydrofoil, we examined its feasibility of an installation of the infrared camera. Because any cetaceans are of air-breathing animals, it is theoretically expected that they can be potentially detected through imaging of the infrared cameras. Thus, we examined the feasibility of detection with aiming at sperm whales in waters off Chichijima Islands (27?4'N, 142?13'E), Japan. Through the experiment, it was revealed that sperm whales could be detected stably within 200m, and detectable cue were blow, back body and fluke tails. However, boats and waves were also detected as noise images. Especially, waves greatly resemble the whale back bodies. Although potential of the infrared camera was confirmed, there are still necessities of further experiments including ones conducting at different temperate waters, to successfully install the infrared camera for earlier finding of large cetaceans.
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Citation note:
Yonehara Y., Kagami L., Yamada H., Kato H., Terada M., Okada S.: Feasibility on Infrared Detection of Cetaceans for Avoiding Collision with Hydrofoil. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 149-154, 2012

Other publications of authors:

H. Kato, H. Yamada, K. Shakata, A. Odagawa, L. Kagami, Y. Yonehara, M. Terada, K. Sakuma, H. Mori, I. Tanaka, H. Sugioka, M. Kyo
H. Yamada, L. Kagami, Y. Yonehara, H. Matsunaga, H. Kato, M. Terada, R. Takahashi, K. Okanoya, T. Kawamoto
T. Nakashima, N. Kobayashi, H. Yamada, T. Katsumata, R. Yoshida, H. Kato, H. Okabe, I. Kawazu, Y. Yanase, M. Omine, M. Terada, H. Sugioka, M. Kyo

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