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.
Great Whale Conservancy’s Ships vs. Whales video about the blue whale/ship strike collision issue, narrated by Louie Psihoyos, has been chosen as a finalist in the “Conservation Category” for the International Ocean Film Festival competition to be held in St. Petersburg FL during the first week in November. Saving Valentina, the story of GWC’s Co-Executive Director Michael Fishbach and friends rescue of a juvenile humpback whale in the Sea of Cortez, received Honorable Mention in the “Shorts Category.”
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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