SDG 14: Life Below Water

Ship collisions can kill whales – this technology is helping to stop them

Ship collisions are a leading cause of death for large whales. Image: Unsplash/Mike Doherty

Victoria Masterson

Senior Writer, Formative Content

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Map of whale sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Many endangered whale species feed in the Santa Barbara Channel off California’s coast. Image: Whale Safe

Whale presence 19th September 2022.
Whale Safe uses data on visual whale sightings, audio whale detection and habitat predictions to help ships avoid whale collisions. Image: Whale Safe

Locations of reported whale deaths caused by vessel interactions.
Scientists in the United States are helping whales avoid fatal ship collisions through a mapping tool called Whale Safe. Image: Whale Safe

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