Helping Ships Avoid Endangered Whales

The world's last 350 North Atlantic right whales live along the East Coast. Collisions with ships are a deadly hazard, but new listening buoys are helping. Here's how.

Right Whale Videos

Life as a Right Whale

Find out the basics: Where they live, what they eat, why they're endangered. And why there's still hope. (Duration: 2:13)

3 clips by Multimedia Productions, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Complementary footage courtesy of NOAA. See complete credits

Right whale detections: last 24 hours

New smart buoys listen for whale calls all day, every day. Frequent alerts let ship captains know where and when to slow down--and save a whale.

The green dots on this map show locations of buoys listening for endangered right whales. If you see a red whale icon instead, it means a buoy at that location has heard a right whale within the last 24 hours. This information is made available to ship captains, who can slow to 10 knots and post a lookout to avoid a collision.

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How do we detect right whales and help avoid whale and ship collisions?

To learn more, click on a step.

  1. 1. Detect
  2. 2. Transmit
  3. 3. Analyze
  4. 4. Notify
  5. 5. Avoid