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Drones, Volume 2, Issue 4 (December 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) After years of research in the Heron Island Reef Lagoon with colleagues from Macquarie University, [...] Read more. After years of research in the Heron Island Reef Lagoon with colleagues from Macquarie University, we recognized the difficulty of observing the behaviour and movement of animals in this shallow exposed environment. The lagoon was almost exclusively accessible by boat during high tides, or by foot at low tides. These environments prevent the use of many traditional animal movement tracking approaches. Initially interested in using drones to find the enigmatic Epaulette sharks, for which very little ecological information is available, we realised that drones themselves could become an effective tracking tool for marine vertebrate research. This paper outlines a simple approach to tracking the movement and behaviour of marine vertebrates in shallow environments that any researcher can use with an off-the-shelf drone and open access software. View this paper.