Whales in safety
The waters of the Pacific do not only have a heavy ship traffic but are also full of whales. The whales hidden deeply in the water are often difficult to identify and to spot. So mostly the ships are not able to recognize them in time. This involves the ship strikes and therefore causes the harmful consequences for cetacean creatures and damages for the vessel.
The researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of Oregon State University (NOAA) together with academics of Oregon State University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are working on how to prevent the ship's collisions with the whales. They developed the program called WhaleWatch and have discovered recently new ways of tracking the whales. Using of the satellite system for tracking the cetacean giants is not always helpful as the satellite is not able to identify the exact position of the whales in the water. But as the scientists suggested the whales could be identified when the physical conditions of the ocean are known. The investigated state of underwater will help to predict the biological processes namely the movements of whales. The new ways of whale tracking is currently under development and first proper forecasts of water conditions are expected to be done in 18 months.