Arctic buoy travelled 15,000 miles to Mayo

A high-tech buoy, used by oceanographers in the Arctic Sea to measure climate change, travelled 15,000 miles and washed up in Broadhaven Bay.

The buoy, and its epic sea voyage, has now inspired an exhibition which opens next week at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.

The buoy, named ITP 47, was placed in the Arctic Ocean by the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution almost three years ago to measure aspects of climate change.

The exhibition, Drifted ITP 47, includes video, images, and a soundscape capturing the buoy’s trip across the Atlantic and the sort of wildlife it encountered.

 

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