To save the whales, scientists bring new ears to the ocean

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Scientists with the Benioff Ocean Initiative drop an underwater microphone designed to reduce whale deaths caused by cargo ship strikes in the Santa Barbara Channel. Photo credit: Benioff Ocean Initiative

Scientists hope to reduce whale fatalities from ship collisions. A new sound technology will detect when the endangered animals are present and then alert cargo ships to slow down.  More Mesa is on the market for $65 million and community members may come together to try to purchase the coastal bluffs. And during Prohibition, Santa Barbara served as a hideaway for rum runners and many of the surrounding islands and caves were used for illegal operations.

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Jonathan Bastian

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Carolina Starin