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Whale Collision Survey - You can help!

'Pilot whale pod'    .

YOU can help in research towards the preservation of whales and dolphins in their natural environment.

Noonsite, the favourite resource of the long-range cruising sailor, is cooperating with MEER (Mammals, Encounters, Education, Research),a Berlin-based non-profit organisation, to record collisions between vessels and whales or dolphins. MEER is dedicated to the preservation of cetaceans in their natural environment.

According to Noonsite, collisions between ships and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are increasing around the world and several whale populations are under massive threat due to a high collision risk in some areas such as the US East Coast, the Mediterranean and around the Canary Islands.

Dolphin leaping -  .. .  
However, information on these collisions is scarce, especially for incidents involving sailing vessels.

So now marine biologist Fabian Ritter, working for MEER, is investigating reports of collisions and near miss events between sailing vessels and cetaceans, and would like to invite all sailors around the world to provide information on any whale/dolphin collisions or near misses during their sailing careers.

This research is purely scientific and all information gathered will be used to:
a) understand the reasons and causes of collisions, and
b) help reduce the risk of collisions, both for sailors and for cetaceans.

You can log your report by clicking here any time before the end of 2008, and reports may be given anonymously if you prefer.

by Nancy Knudsen


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8:17 AM Sat 12 Jul 2008 GMT

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