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Cómo ovejas con cámaras le dieron acceso a Google Street View a un sitio remoto

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Las Islas Feroe, un archipiélago remoto que sobresale de los mares fríos entre Noruega e Islandia, ni siquiera aparece en algunos mapas del mundo. Pero desde hace unas semanas, las verdes laderas, los senderos rocosos y algunas carreteras de las 18 islas se encuentran en Google Street View y un equipo de ovejas con cámara ayudó a conseguirlo.

Cuando, el año pasado, el consejo de turismo de las islas decidió que quería llamar la atención, sabía que necesitaría hacer algo inusual. También sabía que su terreno accidentado no sería atravesado fácilmente por los automóviles de Google que recorren las calles de la ciudad en todo el mundo para sacar fotos. Así que conectó unas cámaras de 360 grados con energía solar en el lomo de unas ovejas y empezó a cargar las imágenes resultantes y muy impresionantes a través de Street View.

La idea de las ovejas, que la junta de turismo denominó Sheepview 360, resultó ser un éxito. Las ovejas son un gran negocio en las Islas Feroe, una nación autónoma dentro del Reino de Dinamarca cuyo nombre se traduce como las "islas de las ovejas". Se cree que la raza distintiva de las islas fue importada por los colonos nórdicos en el siglo IX y en la actualidad viven cerca de 80,000 de estos animales, superando ampliamente a las 50,000 personas. El funcionario de turismo Levi Hanssen dijo que la mayoría de los feroeses tienen alguna conexión con la cría de ovejas, aproximadamente un tercio de las cuales son sacrificadas para la producción de carne y otras se usan para la lana y los productos lácteos.

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