Researchers develop robotic buoys to protect whales from collisions with ships


Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have created unique technology that will prevent Atlantic whales from colliding with ships.

The newly developed robotic buoys could detect the sound of these aquatic mammals in real time. They would also address the issue of ship strikes, which remain a major threat to animals.

Robotic buoy for Atlantic whales

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Robotic buoys can protect whales from colliding with a ship, researchers say.

Whales swim freely in Earth’s vast oceans, but that doesn’t mean they’re already safe from all other dangers. In reality, their numbers are slowly decreasing due to accidents that could have been avoided, such as collisions with ships.

To prevent the whales from being struck by ships, CMA CGM worked with Woods Hole to develop a robotic buoy capable of protecting the animals during their journey, according to

The shipping company led the development of the buoys, which will be sent to the East Coast. According to Woods Hole marine ecologist Mark Baumgartner, testing of the technology will take place soon.

“We need to change our industry practices when the whales are around. That’s what this technology allows. Having industry tell us what works and what doesn’t is the best way to have solutions that will actually be implemented. implemented,” Baumgartner said.

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The decline in the whale population is alarming

As we know, commercial whaling is legal in other countries. For many years, this practice has proven to be a determining factor in the decrease in the number of these marine animals.

At one time, these creatures were abundant on the East Coast, reports CTV News. However, commercial whaling is not the only thing that worries scientists. Even accidental collisions with ships contribute to the fall in the whale population.

The poor reproduction of animals, even more, accentuates the decreasing number. Somehow they search for food outside the usual hunting areas due to temperature changes.

This instance exposed them to high mortality. Since they tend to take place outside safe zones, they become more vulnerable.

The deployment of robotic buoys can be a great help for whales. Their use will protect endangered species. It’s a good way to preserve marine life in the wild.

According to CMGA CGM America’s Director of Sustainability, Heather Wood, the operation of the buoy is an investment not only in the seas, but in the future of the “right” whale.

The data that will be collected during the operation will not be limited to researchers. Even academics and other conservation organizations will be able to use them for studies.

Decreasing the risk of ship strikes is what needs to be done to stop threats to whales, according to a joint statement from Genevieve Davis and Diane Borrgaard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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