The recent high-profile sightings of whales that have been making a splash along the Jersey Shore and around New York City have come as no surprise to Melville the buoy.
Melville reported its first discovery – a fin whale – within days of being deployed. The device reported an endangered North American right whale on Oct. 26 and endangered sei whale on Oct. 31. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute offers a real-time daily tracker of reports.
The buoy is located about 22 miles south of Fire Island and roughly 40 miles east of the Jersey Shore.
A video released by the WCS earlier this month shows just how Melville works: it captures whale sounds and identifies the species — then communicates that information via satellite to the scientists on the shore.
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