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New GPS tracker tech puts whales on the radar

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Experts say the GPS tracker will pave the way for less-invasive methods of wildlife tracking

Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University’s Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) shows the new device.

An Australian researcher has developed a world-first GPS technology which will make it easier to track whales in real-time, right from their phone.

Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University’s Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) led the study. He says the tech could provide important environmental insights. His team will be focusing on coastal and the fine-scale movement of the whales.

“One application will be in resting and breeding areas of species like humpback whales, which use coastal waters and link behaviour to today’s threats such as vessel traffic, water pollution and risk of entanglements,” he told Ticker NEWS.

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“IT OPENS NEW WAYS OF TRACKING ANIMALS,” MEYNECKE TOLD TICKERNEWS LIVE.

This technology will be a far cheaper option than traditional satellite transmission, and will be able to work on a mobile network. This means the technology is suitable for both short-term and long-term tracking.

“I believe this technology to have a lot of potential as the mobile network is extending and we will undertake further modification to improve the tag design itself. We are planning more deployments along the east coast of Australia and have longer deployments aiming for several days.”

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It will monitor migrating humpback whales using a CATS (Customised Animal Tracking Solutions) suction cup tag. The CATs device temporarily attaches to the whale’s skin.

Suction cup tags do not have to penetrate the animals’ skin. Therefore, researchers can use them for short-term and small-scale studies. This GPS technology is usually used in cars and cargo ships.

“These tags are a more cost-effective method and capture more data locations and data points over time. The principle is the same as other suction cup tags. The tag sucks onto the whale’s skin and just falls off. The whales don’t seem to notice them at all,” Dr Meynecke said.  
“wE’RE INTERESTED IN NEAR SHORE WATERS” MEYNECKE TOLD TICKERNEWS LIVE.

The tags are about 20cm long and 10cm wide. They are hydrodynamic for minimal resistance, with water-tight protections.

“Ideally for future studies, we would like to modify the tag so that the antennae is out of the water enough to transmit after the tag comes off the whale,” Dr Meynecke said. 

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Russia takes control of pivotal eastern Ukraine city

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Russia has taken control of the Ukrainian city of Lysychans’k

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been briefed on the latest military moves. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military says it has been “forced to withdraw” from the critical city.

Ukraine’s President Zelensky says the retreat away from the city was done to save the lives of troops.

Fresh videos have also emerged of Ukraine’s drones in action.

Pro-Russia separatists had already claimed a victory in the area, saying the town has been “liberated.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Albanese is the first Australian Prime Minister to visit Ukraine.

During a briefing with President Zelensky, the new P-M says Australia will provide 100 million dollars in military and technical might, as well as banning Russian gold imports.

He says Australia will support Ukraine for as long as it takes the win the war.

Albanese traveled to the towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, which were some of the first victims of the war.

Surrounded by heavy security, the P-M witnessed first-hand the “devastating” atrocities carried out.

Although Russia denies the attacks, Albanese says they’re “a war crime”.

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Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island

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Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine

The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.

Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.

But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.

The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.

This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.

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How much financial aid can the U.S. provide Ukraine?

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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine

As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.

Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.

When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.

The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.

Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.

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