A device which is powered by renewable energy has been launched in the Celtic Sea as part of a wildlife research project.
The C-Enduro device, which uses both wind and solar energy, was developed through the government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding.
It will carry cameras, marine mammal acoustic detectors and meteorological equipment.
The aim is to discover why the area attracts a lot of marine predators such as dolphins and seabirds.
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is working with the World Wildlife Fund on the three-week project.
NOC’s Professor Russell Wynn is co-ordinating the research. He said: “The two robotic vehicles are bristling with novel sensors which will act as our eyes and ears in the water, observing and detecting seabirds and marine mammals.
“The vehicles will also be continuously collecting data about weather conditions at the sea surface, the temperature and salinity of the water column and the distribution and abundance of plankton and fish prey.”