Kristi Morgansen of the University of Washington, has been working on developing underwater robots that are maneuverable, not disruptive to the environment, and can work as a team to collect data in 3 D’s situations – that is, jobs that are dirty, dull, and dangerous.

While most ocean robots require periodic communication with scientist or satellite intermediaries to share information, these can work cooperatively communicating only with each other. Over the past five years Kristi Morgansen, a University of Washington assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, has built three Robofish that communicate with one another underwater.

I love the movement – it looks fishy to me. They’re hoping it will look fishy to real fish, too, and not scare them like other underwater robots do.