The Great Whale Conservancy protects the world's great whales and their habitat.
Commercial shipping lanes were designated long ago to facilitate worldwide commerce. Little was known at the time about whale migration and feeding paths, but we now know many of the shipping lanes directly overlap critical habitat for many endangered large whales. The whales have no choice but to feed where they can find sufficient prey: the ships can and must move to safer waters.
Ship strikes (collisions) may be the most serious threat the great whales face today. The Great Whale Conservancy advocates for increasing the separation between ships and whales because it is the surest way to protect the lives of these magnificent beings.
Researchers learned the migration patterns of the endangered whales along the Pacific Coast and pinpointed just where they typically pause to forage during 15 years of tracking them by radio and satellite. Now the new information could lead to changes in the routes ships take from the open sea to California ports and to better protection for the whales, say marine biologists at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute.
Endangered blue whales and other Great Whales are being killed by collisions with ships while feeding along the California coast. Help us move the shipping lanes!
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Every year, thousands of marine mammals drown in abandoned fishing gear and are killed by plastic debris.
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