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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sea Lions to Aid Study

LONDON () -- U.S. marine biologists have trained a pair of sea lions to tag and photograph elusive whales as they cruise through the Pacific depths, New Scientist magazine has reported.

James Harvey and Jennifer Hurley of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California say their sea lions, natural companions of many species of whale, can go where no man or woman has ever gone before.

Harvey said they could accurately tag whales with a radio transmitter, and could also swim all the way around one of the giant mammals, filming it with a video camera. Their first assignment, later this year, will be documenting humpback whale migration off Monterey, California.