Seal feeding with H520 Hexacopter
Modern animal husbandry in the aquarium means to make the everyday life of the animals with a lot of variety. In the open sea, animals have to face new challenges in order to access their food. Therefore, the zookeepers in aquarium farms are always required to give the animals new tasks and occupations.
Since July 2018, the Aquarium Wilhelmshaven uses a YUNEEC H520 as part of seal feeding. Equipped with two additional hooks on the landing gear, the drone brings the three seals Paul, Piet and Ole fresh fish – from above. Animal keeper and drone pilot Daniel Meyer starts the H520 outside the seal terrain and lets the drone rise to about 12 meters before flying over the open-top seal pool. After a descent to about 9 meters, the landing gear is raised. The fish attached to the hook slide down into the seal pool, where the seals look forward to their surprise from above.
Feeding from above provides the animals with new challenges. The seals learn to playfully deal with new and unfamiliar situations in the daily training sessions. This is an important aspect when it comes to interacting with animals, for example in a veterinary examination.