Endangered Right Whales
Feb 6th, 2013 by Autumn Sunshine
I am so glad to read this, and happy the whales are safer now 🙂
Keeping the Whales Safer
There are currently fewer than 500 right whales remaining in the wild and boat collisions account for somewhere around one-third of all known deaths of these whales. Whaling initially devastated the species, but shipping is now their biggest threat.
Luckily, the endangered whales now have a high-tech line of defense against boaters and other human-related threats. Underwater robots developed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) can hear the calls of baleen whales and then send location data back to researchers in real time. When researchers get back this information, they can then take action to protect the whales.
Just last month, two of the six-foot, torpedo shaped gliders used their digital acoustic monitoring equipment to detect nine North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine. On December 5, the gliders enabled NOAA’s Fisheries Service to alert mariners of nearby whales in the Outer Falls, MA area.
Of course this is very super news. The Right Whales could become extinct in the future, it’s good to know that steps like this are being taken.
I have always loved both Dolphins and Whales, something about how they are makes them seem almost human. Well, that’s how I feel anyway. Saving them all, that’s a good goal 🙂