A listening device, slightly smaller than a football, rests on the sea floor of the New York Bight, the body of water that stretches between Montauk Point in Long Island and Cape May, N.J.
The contraption is named Melville.
It’s an appropriate moniker for what it does: It tracks whales in New York’s busy waters by listening, processing and sending data via satellite to scientists in near-real time.
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