Al­ba­tross spies

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A team of French sci­en­tists are us­ing al­ba­trosses (be­low) as spies against il­le­gal fish­ing. They’re equip­ping the big birds with tiny elec­tri­cal mon­i­tors that scan for radar on boats, and look for any that have their lo­ca­tion sig­nal turned off. If any are try­ing to keep their lo­ca­tion se­cret, po­lice will go out to in­ves­ti­gate. Al­ba­trosses have been cho­sen for the mis­sion be­cause they can fly huge dis­tances at a time. Plus they will of­ten head for fish­ing boats, which they see as a source of an easy meal.

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