'Whales ho!' Sailors, conservationists help keep whales safe

Competitive sailors have teamed up with conservationists on new guidelines aimed at keeping sailboats and whales from colliding during races.

It's a collaboration between US Sailing, the sport's national governing body, and several nonprofits working to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales and other species.

Experts say vessel strikes are a leading cause of death for whales. Most are caused by and freighters, but fast-moving sailboats racing in the also pose a danger to the majestic mammals.

Sailors are being given tips to navigate safely around whales, including course maps overlaid with any nearby whale habitat.

They're also given emergency contact information in case they see a whale that's entangled or otherwise in distress.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: 'Whales ho!' Sailors, conservationists help keep whales safe (2017, July 9) retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-whales-ho-sailors-conservationists-safe.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Scientists alarmed by six right whales deaths in Canada


Feedback to editors