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Buoys are designed to protect Chile’s whales

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Buoys to protect whales off Chile’s coast

A system of buoys is intended to protect whales off the Chilean coast from underwater noise and collisions with ships. The first buoy was launched on Thursday (local time) in the Gulf of Corcovado, according to the Meri Foundation.

A system of buoys is intended to protect whales off the Chilean coast from underwater noise and collisions with ships. The first buoy was launched on Thursday (local time) in the Gulf of Corcovado, according to the Meri Foundation. (archive image)

In the coming months, five more buoys will be placed in the waterway between the mainland and the island of Chiloé. Nine different whale species live there, including the largest blue whale population in the southern hemisphere.

“Whales are true ecosystem engineers, key species in the well-being of the oceans and in the fight against climate change. That is why the installation of this buoy is very good news. This early warning system will help us avoid collisions between ships and whales,” said Chilean Environment Minister Maisa Rojas.

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