Toyon’s state-of-the-art Marine Observer is a maritime infrared camera and proprietary detection software system developed to support whale conservation efforts and oil and gas operations in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This custom-built camera houses multiple stabilized long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera cores for a seamless field-of-view covering up to 90° per camera. Paired with the supporting detection software with AI, the maritime camera technology provides superior maritime detection.


  • Reduces the risk of vessel strikes on whales, marine mammals and other objects. 
  • Automatically detect marine mammals, vessels or other targets in the day and at night
    • Can be operated by a single analyst to significantly reduce the number of human observers required for marine mammal observation or protected species observation
    • Provides 24/7 surveillance option for extended operation
  • Record video data and retrieve recently-collected video for verification
    • Instant replay allows for rapid verification without unnecessary delays in operations
    • Store and back-up video files and detection logs for analysis at a later date
  • Effectively detect targets when they are present
    • Mitigate anthropogenic effects to nearby cetaceans
    • Reduce ship-strike risk through improved detection
  • Camera performance evaluated by trained marine mammal observers
  • Stationary land or moving vessel mounting options available
  • Wide field of view for larger area data collection

Camera Specifications:

  • Camera module comprised of multiple uncooled long-wave infrared  camera cores
  • Custom weatherproof camera enclosure
  • Camera resolution of 640×512 pixels at 30 frames per second and a combined resolution of 3840×512 pixels
  • 90° field-of-view per camera. Multiple modules can be installed together to extend the field-of-view coverage up to 360°
  • Incorporates an inertial navigation system to provide electronic stabilization of the infrared (IR) imagery
  • Connects directly to a laptop running the detection software

To learn more, or to begin placing an order, please visit the Marine Observer website!

The Toyon maritime infrared camera and software was recently spotlighted in the NOAA articles These 5 Technologies Are Helping Save Our Ocean and Gray Whale Population Abundance.

Read more about our whale and ocean conservancy partnership with NOAA and how we’re providing valuable gray whale research.

Multiple LWIR camera sensors on the Toyon maritime infrared camera provide a wide field of view for use on land or mounted on a vessel.
Toyon’s Marine Observer maritime infrared camera system automatically detects marine mammals, vessels or other targets in the day & at night. The red box highlights an automatic detection of one of two blows (spouts) from a gray whale seen in the image. The second blow to the right of the red box was highlighted in a subsequent frame of video less than 1-second later.




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