Setting up acoustic telemetry studies for fisheries research, we’ve been lucky enough to track all types of species – including humans! When HTI researchers set up an acoustic tag tracking system to track aquatic life, we do what we affectionately refer to as a “tag drag”. This is where an acoustic tag is “dragged” or moved around the study area at varying depths to ensure that receivers are accurately placed and optimized. Though it’s not common, we’ve tagged human divers and watched their swimming behavior in real-time 2D and 3D to make sure that all systems were ready for the study.
HTI acoustic tags have the ability to track nearly anything underwater. Ask us some time about how we’ve used remote control boats (RC Boats) to test receiver locations or researchers working to tag jelly fish! Who says scientists don’t have fun? #wetrackthat