Photos: Simone Panigada, Tethys Institute
One of the most singular applications of our nylon cable ties is on the back of the whales. The researchers of Tethys Research Institute use Cieffeplast cable ties to fix their instruments on an epoxy resin support that will be applied on the back of whales and dolphins in the mediterranean sea. The instrument is made in two parts, a recorder which records in real time the depth of the animal, the speed of swimming and the temperature of the water, and a radio transmitter that helps us follow the animal.
The underwater activity of black whales, sperm whales and other species, is studied by attacking on the animals an underwater sensor (v-tdr, velocity time-depth recorder) to recorder parameters as depth and speed of movements of the animal. The v-tdr is attacked on the animal by a sucker, then we must follow the radio signal with a directional antenna.
After we have recovered the instrument, than it has been detached from the animal after some hours, we observe on the computer the immersion profiles.
The cable ties are used to fix the recorder to the orange support, so that once we recovered it we can detach it and be able to download the informations on the computer. With this singular application cieffeplast contributes to help the research about these wonderful animals.