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Welcome to Whale Alert - West Coast


Several endangered whales are needlessly being hit and killed by ship strikes each year along the west coast of the United States.  Prime collision areas are centered around busy shipping lanes in the San Francisco and Channel Islands regions.

Whale Alert - West Coast was formed by The Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries, Conserve.IO and Point Blue Conservation Science, working in coordination with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), to help reduce the number of ship collisions with whales.

The success of Whale Alert - West Coast depends on increased participation of nature enthusiasts, fishers, and mariners willing to contribute observations taken
while whale watching from land and at sea along the coast.

The Whale Alert- West Coast program wants to invite you to do the following:

  • ENGAGE in whale watching activities by land and by sea along the west coast of the United States.

  • LEARN about the whales that can be seen and the oceans they inhabit.

  • PROTECT whales from human threats and understand ways we can all take action to help.

  • SUPPORT and participate in Whale Alert - West Coast to reduce whale strikes.

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