The first application of its kind, Whale Alert is dedicated to reducing Right Whale strikes by providing shipping crews the most timely information about whales in their vicinity.
Whale zone geo-fencing
Whale Alert includes the most complete set of geo-fenced Seasonal Management Area (SMA's), Dynamic Management Areas (DMA's) and Recommended Routes overlaid on navigational charts from NOAA.
Alarms and detailed guidance
As ships cross approach or cross individual SMAs and DMAs, the Whale Alert App displays audio and visual warnings and the latest guidelines for environmentally safe navigation.
Real-time AIS support
Whale Alert is the first mobile application to take advantage of the transmission of environmental data over the AIS protocol. The system takes DMA and real-time right whale observations and displays that data graphically, directly within the app.
Each of these entities contributed meaningfully to the project, some over several years, for the sake of reducing right whale strikes.
The Whale Alert App is but the latest in a series of research and conservation efforts to help endangered right whales. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is where it all began. Click here to read more about the Sanctuary and the roster of public and private enterprises that made it all happen.
Get the free Whale Alert app here! Note, the app is designed to commercial ships (over 65 ft or 300 tons) with AIS receivers, but even casual boaters can use the app to avoid critical right whale habitats.
Activate your zone!
Are you a wildlife sanctuary or state agency with seasonal and dynamic species data you would like to turn into a mobile application? Please contact us by either filling out the form on our Contact page or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!