We can make the waters safer for whales by rerouting ships. It’s that simple.
The waters south of Dondra Head, off southen Sri Lanka, are home to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Right now, the lane runs right over a significant feeding area for blue whales. But if that lane were pushed south by just 15 miles, over time, hundreds of blue whales would be saved – and trade would never suffer.
We’re working to make this a reality. Partnering with scientists, shippers, mariners, local whale watch operators, and others, we’re making an effort to persuade Sri Lanka authorities to change the routes.
But this isn’t just problem in Sri Lanka – it happens worldwide. And it’s going to take a worldwide effort to fix it. We’re advocating for governments in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand to step up and make waters safer for these majestic animals.
We worked with partners to produce an app called “Whale Alert” that allows mariners in some countries to access real-time information about whales in the area to ensure they’re taking a safe route.
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