California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that a listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far as 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. That device is connected by cable to a buoy floating above that transmits data by satellite to scientists on shore.

From there, captains can be alerted to slow their ships down.

It’s the latest attempt to prevent ships from running into whales in the channel, where cargo vessels in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach cross feeding grounds of endangered blue, fin and humpback whales.

The system is being tested and will fully launch in early 2020.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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