Being able to track marine life is the best way to find out more about them. Unfortunately it requires using rather large and intrusive monitors that are glued to the critter with epoxy. The good news is that Prof. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, and his team at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), may have solved the problem by coming up with Marine Skin, according to NewAtlas.com (tinyurl.com/KAUSTtag).
Powered by a coin cell battery, the Marine Skin patch is made of stretchy nontoxic, nonirritating silicone that is embedded with electronic sensors and components that measure the marine environment (like temperature and salinity), and is attached with a biocompatible adhesive. A photo of a patch is shown, courtesy of KAUST.
Future additions to the patch would allow it to monitor the animal’s physical condition and transmit data through water. In its present form, the patch has to be retrieved to upload the data.
Marine Skin has been tested successfully on crabs; dolphins and whale sharks are next.