February 25, 2012 – CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in Australia are using the Draganflyer X6 UAV VTOL helicopter, dubbed the “Scientific Predator”, to document the growing problem of garbage washing up on to Australia’s beaches and how it affects marine life. More than 270 species of marine animals worldwide are affected by marine debris from the predators at the top of the food chain down to the smallest plankton. The Teachwild National Marine Debris Project is funded by Shell, Earthwatch, and the CSIRO. The project, which is expected to take one year, will be officially launched in Perth on March 8, 2012.
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