App protects whales by alerting ship navigators of their proximity in real time

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When wild animals accidentally step into human territory – and vice versa – the result can often be detrimental for the animal. Just as the DeerDeter strobe system has aimed to reduce the number of deers hit by cars if they stray into the road, a new app called WhaleALERT notifies shipping operators if the endangered species is nearby, allowing them to change their route or reduce their speed to avoid bothering or injuring them. Recent reports have suggested that the noise of ships traveling through environments where whales reside have a negative effect on the creatures, disturbing their habitat…

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