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According to recent tracking data, seals are finding prey at local wind farms at the coasts of the North Sea.
Current Biology has published data following a GPS tracking project that examined where seals go during the day and how exactly they find their prey. The data shows that they are finding offshored wind farms at the North Sea coasts, including the Dutch and British coasts.
At both of these sites, the GPS tracking data showed that the seals were traveling in straight lines between turbines, going in a grid-like patterns, in order to focus on the prey, like cod and whiting.
Deborah Russell is a researcher at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She told reporters that they believe this tracking study is the first of its kind to find that marine mammals, such as seals, are using wind farms to find their prey and feed in these areas.
The tracking project was led by marine biologists at the university, who tracked 11 seals in total. This pack of seals were finding and feeding on their prey in the southwestern coast of England, as well as the coast of Germany. They were traveling from individual turbines, trying to find prey that was currently living in near one of these artificial reefs.
Russell notes that she and her fellow researchers were surprised to find that the seals were working in a grid pattern. Through the data that GPS provided them, you could clearly see them traveling in straight lines from one turbine to the next, only stopping to forage at ones that must have had their prey.
These offshore windfarms are used in England and Germany as a way to provide renewable resources for their geographic locations. The farms provide more eco-friendly energy options, as well as more affordable energy. They are still struggling in the United States, as many people don’t like the look of the wind farms, particularly on the couch where their view of the ocean is being obstructed. Europe in particular is leading the way toward using wind farms on the coast for affordable, natural energy sources.
Now marine biologists are finding that there are even benefits for seals and other marine mammals, who are using them as a way to hunt for food.
With the wind farms, there are artificial reefs included. This is where some animals are hiding and making homes, while seals are using that as their advantage to hunt for food. It is proving to be successful to them, although there are some issues with them being in the vicinity. Either way, the advanced GPS tracking technology used by researchers has found out new information that is likely not yet known anywhere else in the world.
Families of dementia patients will soon be able to track their loved ones in Calgary with GPS tracking devices for the elderly with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Hospital and health facilities in Calgary are working hard to get a new program started that will offer GPS tracking for their dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. According to recent studies, there about 300 people every year that go missing from Calgary health facilities. Many of them are Alzheimer’s or dementia patients that wander off and are unable to find their way back. Not only is it scary for their loved ones and puts the patient in jeopardy, but it costs a lot of time and energy tracking them down.
Now with the GPS program, Calgary health officials are hoping to make it a simple process for everyone involved. The dangers of wandering patients with dementia puts themselves into worrisome situations. It is not uncommon for them to walk into busy city streets, in front of vehicles, or not take their coat and head out into the bitter cold weather. Some patients have been found with severe frostbite or worse, just because of how long it took to find them. Other investigations were never closed because the person could not be found.
Luckily, many of the people found with Alzheimer’s or dementia have gotten the attention of strangers who called the police or nearby hospitals. Not everyone is this lucky, however. Now Calgary health facility officials are starting a program that lets relatives track their loved ones with GPS-enabled tracking devices to keep track of their whereabouts and be notified as soon as they walk outside of the designated area.
The head of the Calgary Police Service’s Missing Person team, Sgt. John Hebert, told reporters he believes this is a great idea. He said, “Any technology we can add to the toolbox is a valuable addition.”
The Alberta Health Services is launching the GPS project after other locations around the world have used similar technology for their patients. The tracking devices will be worn on the person in the form of an ankle bracelet or wrist bracelet.
It will be programmed with their personal information and boundaries set, so that an alarm goes off if they step outside of their boundaries. These boundaries are usually outside of the hospital they are staying or their own home. A family member has a smartphone with an app for the GPS tracker, which they can check at any time and also be notified if their relative wanders off a little too far. There is a map that shows exactly where they are and which direction they are heading.
Other facilities using GPS trackers have found the patient in less than 20 minutes, which allowed them to return safe and sound. The program is currently in the pilot stage and will soon be asking for volunteers. Nobody is forced to wear a tracking device against their will, but some relatives might soon be volunteering for the safety of their loved ones.