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Whale of a time

Mobility

The hearing-impaired community can safely navigate cities with apps. Birds have natural GPS, while elephant-nose fish create electric fields to avoid obstacles.

Now a Massachusetts-based science centre is taking endangered right whales by the proverbial fin.

Smart buoys are being installed off two of America’s busiest shipping ports on the Atlanatic coast to record the mammals’ acoustic signals and send them back to land.

Thanks to publicly accessible data, vessel operators are kept informed of the animals’ location.

Meaning they can adjust routes and speed to avoid fatal collisions with those searching for food outside protected areas.

The insights gained could be used to boost the whale population, as well as establish new conservation zones.

Because whales are important.

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