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[Reuters] Chile uses hi-tech buoys to protect migrating whales


By Fabian Cambero
CHILOE ISLAND, Chile, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A smart buoy that can “hear” the ocean and monitor climate change is part of a new effort to help endangered whales avoid ship collisions on their journey from Antarctica to the equator.

The buoy was installed in the Gulf of Corcovado, some 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) south of Chile’s capital, in early October and is the first of many planned by the Blue Boat Initiative, a project designed to protect whales and monitor marine ecosystems.