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TSOS | The Sense of Silence Foundation

The ocean is a mitigator of climate change, absorbing 30% of human CO2 emissions, as do terrestrial ecosystems. About 90% of the planet's CO2 is recycled by the oceans and stored on the ocean floor, mostly in the form of dead biomass. This initiative's objective is to protect great whales from the effects of human activities, using pioneering technology that remotely monitors the oceans.

Blue Whale
Bowhead whale
13
species of great whales
200
The number of years a bowhead whales can live

Great whales are key in the mitigation strategy to address climate change

The conservation of these species is key in mitigation strategies to adapt to climate change. Addressing their important ecological role helps protecting the planet. Great whales continuously produce sounds to orientate and communicate at distances over hundreds of kilometers.This sound propagation property allows the monitoring of the whales from coastal autonomous buoys that cover large areas where the whales migrate from one Pole to the other. In their journey they face an increasing risk to be collading with ships. TSOS technology detects the whales and alert 24/7 of their presence to the cruising vessels, thus preventing to die from the encounter

33 tons
CO2 captured by great whales during their lifetime: 1,500 times more than a tree
50%
The planet oxygen consumption they contribute to produce
Noise pollution from human activities has a direct impact on great whales
The risk of collisions increases, leading to the death of these unique species

A pioneering technology that remotely monitors the oceans

The Blue Boat Initiative's objective is to protect great whales from the effects of human activities. Starting in the Chilean Patagonia, the initiative foresees the installation of the world's first network of intelligent buoys along the East Pacific Ocean coast. Through real time detection of great whales’ vocalizations, vessels will be warned of their presence so that they can reduce their speed, therefore the risk of collision.

20.000 km
The great whales' route from Pole to Pole
35m
The largest animal on Earth: the Blue Whale
6
Autonomous buoys deployed in 2022

This initiative is supported by: