Pro Tip: Give Your Ocean Robot a Bath

Drone owners have it easy. They don’t have to wash their UAVs before sending them up into the sky. If you’re an owner of an underwater robot, on the other hand, you owe it to the planet to give that ROV of yours a thorough scrub.A paper published Monday in the open access journal Tropical Conservation Science warns that, while the proliferation of tiny, consumer-friendly remotely operated underwater vehicles is great for citizen science, it may not be so great for the ocean if owners don’t take proper care to screen for potentially harmful organisms that might be hitching a ride.”With tens of thousands of submersible vehicles operating around the world for research, industry, exploration, and recreation, there is a tremendous potential for the introduction of invasive species via these hightech vectors,” the paper reads—and microROVs have the potential to make things worse

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