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Monster buoys fetch $17,000 on auction

After decades of service as high-tech maritime sentinels transmitting weather data to U.S. scientists, two discarded buoys will embark on a new fate: to be butchered and sold as scrap.

“I’m going to cut them up into little bitty pieces,” said Ken Morrison, owner of T&K Metals in Whiting, Ind., outside Chicago.


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