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Follow us, fluke and flipper, shape and splash in the sunlit waves.
Befriend us: humpback, fin and grey.
Fail us. Bones sink to the seafloor, unseen.

In November, 2018, UK scientists demonstrated the practicality of counting whales from space. The researchers, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), used the highest resolution satellite pictures available. Even when taken from 620km up, this imagery is sharp enough to capture the distinctive shapes of different species. Morgan Parks weaves this new data collection technique into an eerie whale song, of discovery and loss.

//Morgan Parks is a speculative fiction writer with a PhD in Geophysics and no creative writing qualifications. Distract her at @MorganJParks.//

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