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Robots go where man can’t to locate whales

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chief scientist Mark Baumgartner, aboard a ship in the Gulf of Maine, secures an underwater robot. The robot helps scientists locate endangered whales in the north Atlantic Ocean. (Nadine Lysiak/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chief scientist Mark Baumgartner, aboard a ship in the Gulf of Maine, secures an underwater robot. The robot helps scientists locate endangered whales in the north Atlantic Ocean. (Nadine Lysiak/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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BOSTON — The Outer Fall area in the central Gulf of Maine is believed to be a mating ground for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but it’s not always hospitable to humans. On a recent trip, endless, steep swells jostled the research boat Endeavor, while gusts transformed the steady sleet into eye-stinging projectiles. The miserable conditions, though, were exactly what whale-detecting robots being tested on the voyage were built to beat. The torpedo-shaped underwater ...


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