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WhaleReport App

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Technology developed in British Columbia to help researchers better understand local whale populations is now being used to protect those same whales. Through Ocean Wise’s Sighting Network you can contribute to conservation-based research by submitting sightings of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles in and around northern Washington, British Columbia (B.C.), and southeast Alaskan waters. Using the free WhaleReport App, you can help the Ocean Wise Sightings Network gather data on the occurrence and distribution of cetaceans and sea turtlesby reporting your sightings and directly contributing to important conservation-based research. The tool lets people who spot a whale in the wild enter the species, time and location of where they saw it. What many people don’t know is that the tool has been expanded to communicate two ways in certain situations, communicating that whale sighting data to larger ships such as ferries, freighters, fishing boats and coast guard vessels. The WhaleReport app can also be used to learn more about the 23 species of cetacean and four species of sea turtles that inhabit B.C. waters, view the Be Whale Wise guidelines for responsible marine wildlife viewing, record sightings when out of mobile reception range, track and observe sightings you’ve submitted via a personalized sightings summary.

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Contribute to conservation-based research of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles the Pacific North West

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Report sightings of the whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles that you see along the coast so large ships in your area are alerted to avoid a ship strike or disturbance.

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Project active in Washington State, British Columbia & Alaska waters

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We were bringing in all this information from on the water about where the whales are and we thought it would make sense to compile that information and send it out in real time to ships so they could avoid getting close to whales.

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, with the Ocean Wise Whales Initiative

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