New iOS App Helps Ship Captains Avoid Whale Collisions

We can do a lot more with mobile software than guess our friends’ less-than-artistic drawings or launch menacing birds at unsuspecting pigs. Whale Alerts, a new iOS app released today, is designed to help mariners avoid collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales by displaying whale locations on a real-time, digital map.

There are only around 400 North Atlantic right whales left in the world today, according to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the collaborators on the app. With such a small population, the right whales are one of the rarest large animals and are close to extinction. Collisions with ships is currently the leading cause of death for these remaining whales.


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