Slow-moving whales are vulnerable to ship strikes, since feeding and migration areas overlap with shipping lanes. The public and mariners on the West Coast now can use an app to help decrease the risk of injury or death to whales from ship strikes and report whales in distress to authorities. We talk with Michael Carver, deputy superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, about the Whale Alert App. He tells us how Whale Alert allows citizens to provide data that scientists can use to inform management and better protect whale populations.
Everyday Action: Get involved! Download the Whale Alert App. It’s free — there’s a version for iOS now, and Android is coming soon.
For more information, please visit:
- Whale Alert App
- Whale Alert West Coast
- National Marine Sanctuaries Ship strikes
- Thank You Ocean Report – Slowing Ships for Cleaner Air, Safer Whales
This Thank You Ocean Podcast was produced for the California Thank You Ocean Campaign by EarthNews Journal staff (Jerry Kay, Host and Chris Kay, Producer).