Deep Buoys Geared To Listen For Singing Whales Near Shipping Lanes

"Scientists hope that by monitoring the presence of whales in real-time off the coast of New England they can protect them from colliding with shipping vessels."

"MINEOLA, N.Y. — Scientists have deployed a buoy 22 miles off the coast of New York's Fire Island to monitor several species of great whales in 'near real-time.' The high-tech acoustic device will eavesdrop on the songs of the whales to better understand and safeguard their movements near two busy shipping lanes entering New York Harbor.

'We know they're there, but we know very little about them,' said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, director of Wildlife Conservation Society's Ocean Giants Program. His New York-based organization has teamed with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts on the research project.

Scientists last week deployed the buoy, which is four feet in diameter with a mast standing six feet above the sea surface south of Long Island. The buoy is connected by 'stretch hoses' to a weighted frame that sits 125 feet below on the sea floor. The frame features high-tech listening devices connected to an underwater microphone."

Frank Eltman reports for the Associated Press June 28, 2016.

Source: AP, 06/29/2016