27 Apr '12, 9am

New App Could Help Save Endangered Whales | Care2 Causes

New App Could Help Save Endangered Whales | Care2 Causes

On the verge of extinction, the population of North Atlantic right whales has plummeted to an estimated 300-400 leaving them critically endangered, but a new app could help protect them. Other problems aside, their slow movement and the fact that they spend so much time near the surface of the water leaves them especially vulnerable to collisions with ships, particularly when they’re moving in and out of Boston Harbor, an area that’s considered high-use for right whales where they stop every spring to nurse their calves on their way from Florida to New Foundland. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and its partners have developed an IOS Whale Alert app for iPhones and iPads that mariners who travel along the east coast can use to detect whales in real time. “This important announcement caps more than 15 years of work by IFAW on an array of conservation measure...

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