Harbor traffic need to continue to watch for whales

A timely reminder: Watch out, Whales about!
Monday, 6 August, 2012
Sydney, Australia

Following reports that a Manly Ferry collided with a humpback whale and her calf earlier today, Matthew Collis, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has issued the following statement:

“While it seems like this whale had a lucky escape, it is a timely reminder of the risk whales and other marine wildlife face from boat collisions.

“As the humpback population continues to recover from commercial whaling and the number of boats on the water grows too, the risks of collisions are ever increasing.

“That’s why it’s so important that everyone on the water keeps watch for whales and dolphins. Keep at least a 100 metre distance and reduce speed and noise down to avoid disturbing these magnificent animals. IFAW is sending a message to everyone on the water, ‘watch out, whales about!’ said Mr Collis.

Media enquiries:

IFAW Campaigner Matthew Collis is available for interview.

Contact: Rebekka Thompson-Jones, IFAW Communications Manager, 0401 090 034 or rthompson@ifaw.org

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