The platform can pinpoint things as small as 50 centimeters, although waves and murky water can confuse the program.
Southern right whales were chosen to test because they are slow and shallow swimmers, but it could be used to track other animals.
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"The other dimension of it is that many marine mammal researchers have been killed flying in small planes while surveying whales," Vicky Rowntree, director of the Ocean Alliance's Southern Right Whale Program who studies the Valdes whale, told the BBC. "So my great desire is to get us out of small planes circling over whales and to be able to do it remotely.
"Satellite data is wonderful."
Photo: Southern Right Whale off Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia. Credit: Paul Souders, Corbis