Tracking orcas to prevent boat collisions

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Satellite tags are being fitted to the fins of six Iberian orcas which have had repeated ‘interactions’ with boats in the Strait of Gibraltar, the Gulf of Cádiz and off the north coast of Spain.

The incidents – which have included the ramming of hulls and rudders – have been occurring for the last three years.

Crews have reported 505 incidents in which the cetaceans have struck or had contact with their vessels, according to state broadcaster RTVE.

The ministry for the ecological transition revealed that the project is designed to ‘minimise’ the interaction of the orcas with boats.

They would do this by attaching small transmitters to the fin of the whale, which send data to a satellite system in orbit above the Earth.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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