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Keeping an ear out for whales

Scientists look to safeguard the mammals with robotic buoys in the New York Bight

Whale Safe

For Mark Baumgartner, Whale Safe is the natural evolution of WHOI’s work with passive acoustics

Five books WHOI researchers are reading right now

Ocean scientists don’t just read peer-reviewed papers to stay inspired. Some require less-obvious forms of reading to keep their minds sharp

Harnessing the Power

Harnessing the Power

Can wind developers and ocean scientists work together to get US offshore wind cranking?

Eavesdropping on Whales

Eavesdropping on Whales

WHOI scientist Mark Baumgartner has installed a mooring in New York waters that listens for whales and sends back alerts. The prototype advance-warning system could one day help reduce shipping collisions with whales.

Call of the Whales

Call of the Whales

Robotic gliders equipped with acoustic monitoring devices can now eavesdrop on whales, enabling researchers to locate the elusive animals before they surface—and to warn ship pilots in the area to slow down to reduce the chances of a deadly collision.

To Find Whales, Follow Their Food

To Find Whales, Follow Their Food

The average adult right whale consumes about a ton of food a day, eating billions of tiny crustaceans called copepods that are packed with protein and calorie-rich oils.

“To whales, copepods are juicy, greasy Big Macs, […]