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Underwater ultrasound scans manta rays without contact

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By ITN News Editor May 12, 2019 12:38

Underwater ultrasound scans manta rays without contact

Researchers in the Maldives are using the first ultrasound device that allows divers to scan the reproductive parts of wild manta rays without touching them.Divers using the ‘Duo-Scan:Go Oceanic’ simply swim above the animal and point the device at the left side of the ray, giving them imagery of the animal’s ovaries and uterus.Previous scans required divers making contact with the animals.Developed by IMV imaging, the device is held 4-5cm (1.6-2 inches) from the manta ray and works at a depth of up to 30 metres (98 feet). Imagery is monitored on a smart phone attached to the device. Teams from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust, who are working on the project, say the device will enable them to better understand manta ray breeding.They are investigating the reasons behind annual breeding fluctuations, why they breed in certain areas and exactly when they become reproductively active.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 12, 2019 12:38

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