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How shooting whales with air rifles is helping scientists study Antarctica’s changing environment – 31-Jan-2021 – NZ Education news – NZCity

When we think of marine biologists, we don’t think of them shooting whales, but that’s exactly what some are doing to study Antarctica’s changing environment.

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When you think of the work of a marine biologist, shooting whales is probably not the first image that springs to mind.
But for Susan Bengtson Nash from Griffith University’s Humpback Whale Sentinel Program, a rifle is a key tool in her fieldwork arsenal.
This is how she and colleagues collect samples from humpback whales:
“We fire

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