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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.



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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