Blue Whale Ship Strike Report

Here is the PDF of a report about ship strikes submitted to the recent International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting held in Jeju, Korea (SC/65a/HIM03, June 2013).

The document (submitted jointly by Bob Brownell, Asha de Vos and me) highlights the issue of ship strikes on whales, with specific examples from Sri Lankan waters, including the dead blue whale that I photographed there in 2012.


blue whale struck and killed by large ship
A blue whale is no match for a large ship travelling at high speed


Ships inadvertently killing whales is a big problem. Much bigger than the sparse media attention this issue receives would suggest.

Here’s food for thought: If you’re upset about a few nations and isolated groups of people still hunting whales, shouldn’t you be even more concerned by thousands and thousands of oceanic ship journeys each year, many of which run right through prime cetacean habitat and into whales?

I am.

More information about ship strikes killing whales:

How Harmful to Whales is Shipping? (excerpt from Ninety Percent of Everything)

Evernote Notebook of Ship Strike reference articles


close pass between sperm whales and container ship
Container ship passing near sperm whales