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Researchers at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland are using seals to collect data on the ocean in the coldest areas of the planet. Sensors fitted on the heads of aquatic mammals capture the information that is sent via satellite to scientists. The aim is to deepen the knowledge of climate change on the sea.

The project called Marine Mammals Exploring Oceans Pole-to-Pole started in 2004 and has already generated a database with about 400,000 observations. Since they dive up to 1,800 meters deep, seals help gather data on salinity and water temperatures. "The most interesting is that the information obtained from remote and inaccessible places allows us to have a much clearer view of the state of the world's oceans," said Mike Fedak, professor of biology at Saint Andrews.

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