Yellow submarine hunting for alien species in lough waters
A yellow submarine is on a mission beneath the surface of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh in search of an alien species.Zebra mussels are a foreign invasive species which can have a devastating impact on the marine environment, but finding out exactly what is happening in the murky depths of the lake is a challenge.A high-tech submarine is monitoring the bottom of Lough Erne to study the zebra mussel population in different areas and its distribution at various depths.The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is being developed by Leo Steenson, 26, from Glenarm, County Antrim, who is a PhD student at the University of Southampton.
"This is a two-metre long submarine but it's not remote controlled and there are definitely no people inside it," said Mr Steenson. "It's got a computer inside and a lot of different sensors and what we do is we write some software to let it guide itself.
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