App Identifies Endangered Whales

May help prevent deadly collisions

Southern Right Whale

The Southern Right Whale is also a critically endangered species     Photo: Department of Sustainability & Environment/Flickr

A new mobile application tracks and warns boaters about the location of endangered whales in the Atlantic Ocean. The Whale Alert app uses GPS to track North Atlantic right whales in an effort to avoid collisions between with boats, which is one of the leading causes of death for the whales. Less than 550 right whales are estimated to exist worldwide. NOAA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and other private, academic, and government organizations collaborated to develop the app.

Read more at Reuters

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