Albatrosses Could Police the Oceans

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Now here’s a twist: researchers have found a way that Wandering Albatrosses could help detect illegal pirate fishing — and illegal fishing is a major killer of albatrosses. It sounds like the old saying: “Turnabout is fair play!”

A study fitted albatrosses with miniature detectors. After reviewing the data, researchers found that the albatrosses found boats with radar turn off, a safety violation, but often done by pirate fishers to avoid detection.

Will albatrosses be recruited to detect criminals? Read the details in this article from the BBC.