The Whale Alert app for Apple or Android
Download the app
Download the Whale Alert 2.0 app for Apple here.
See the Whale Alert 2.0 user guide and FAQ’s to learn more (coming soon).
And for Android users, download the Android app here.
In partnership with California’s Marine Sanctuaries, Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue) is aiming to use science and innovative technology to protect endangered whales from being injured or killed by commercial vessel traffic in the increasingly busy shipping lanes off the west coast.
Point Blue worked with Cordell Bank and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries to help designate new shipping lanes into the San Francisco Bay to reduce the risk of collisions between whales and ships within the Sanctuaries. These new shipping routes, along with new changes in the Santa Barbara Channel, recently went into effect. Although the shipping lane changes are a step in the right direction, more can be done to address this issue.
Whales and their food are in constant motion, which makes it difficult to track their locations from day to day. New shipping lanes reduce the overlap between vessel traffic and the whale’s preferred habitat, but they still cross very important habitat for endangered whales south of the Farallon Islands and northeast of Cordell Bank.
Solution—the Whale Alert app
That is where Whale Alert app comes in. This new smart phone/tablet application for Apple or Android was developed by Conserve.IO and is a publicly available and user-friendly way for just about anyone to report whale sightings on the west coast. It is intended to be used by whale watching enthusiasts to document whale sightings in real time.
The data will provide NOAA with information they need to request the US Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service to ask ship operators to slow down or change course as they approach areas where whales have been sighted.
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