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A Passionate Challenger | Biologist Unlocks the Secret Life of Marine Animals
The behavior of marine animals still remains a mystery. A world-renowned biologist, Yuki Watanabe, researches and recordstheir behavior using a method called bio logging. By attaching amotion recorder called logger and a miniature camera to theanimal, the secret lives of these animals become clearerthrough captured footage. It is the most advanced field ofresearch that has rapidly developed over the last 20 years inthe biology field.
Watanabe’s biggest accomplishment is the invention oflogger retrieval system. Until now, bio logging was limited toanimals that returned to their nest since that was the only waythe logger could be retrieved. But Watanabe solved thisproblem by utilizing IT equipment and intelligence whichinstantly broadened the field of research. Joint research offersflocked to Watanabe from around the world and he becameknown as the “Indy Jones of the biological world.”
When Watanabe went to Antarctica as a member of theAntarctic expedition team, he captured footage of the Adeliepenguin by attaching a camera to the penguin. That footagehas garnered a lot of attention as it is the first time anyonehas clearly seen a penguin eating its prey in its natural setting.It has been assumed that tuna swim at a high speed at almost80 km/hour. But based on Watanabe’s research, theyswim at about 3 – 8 km/hour. Even in emergencysituations, they only reach speeds of up to 30 km/hour. In thisway, Watanabe works to clarify the behavior and habits ofmarine animals which are often shrouded in mystery.
The program follows Mr. Watanabe for three years. Itintroduces a joint research project he did with Australia’s Tasmania University on the broadnose sevengill shark. It alsopresents a lot of the world premier footages, captured bycameras attached to marine animals.
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