Do whale watching boats bother the whales?

While watching whales from a vessel, you may often wonder if the whales know that you are there. If so, does it bother them?  The short answer: It would be great if we could ask the whales themselves! But, until then, we have to interpret their behavior in the presence of vessels and physiology to … Continue reading Do whale watching boats bother the whales?

How does Whale SENSE protect endangered species?

What does it mean to be endangered? In the 1960s, global whale populations weren’t looking so great. Humpback whales in the Central North Pacific numbered a mere 1,400, gray whales had completely disappeared in the North Atlantic and were on the brink of extinction in the North Pacific, and there were likely less than 100 … Continue reading How does Whale SENSE protect endangered species?

Responsible whale watch program continues to expand along U.S. east coast

Whale SENSE welcomes new company for the 2014 whale watching season! Feeding Humpback Whales. Photo: WDC Original press release, courtesy of NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office, click here. Shearwater Excursions from Nantucket, Massachusetts has joined NOAA, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)  and 11 other commercial whale watching companies as a new Whale SENSE member. Through this … Continue reading Responsible whale watch program continues to expand along U.S. east coast

Responsible whale watch program expands throughout the east coast

Five new members join WhaleSENSE Whale SENSE welcomes new participants Whale watching is an important industry for many coastal communities from Maine through Virginia. Five new whale watching companies have joined a growing list of companies participating in Whale SENSE. This program, which was initiated by NOAA Fisheries’  Northeast Region, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, … Continue reading Responsible whale watch program expands throughout the east coast

5 Years and 1 Million Passengers– Whale SENSE Milestones

Responsible Whale Watching Program Reaches Milestone For original article, click here. Whale Watching Companies Share Why Whale SENSE Also Makes Good Business Sense Feeding humpback whale. Credit: SBNMS As the Whale SENSE Program enters its fifth year, an estimated 1 million people have been exposed to messages about responsible wildlife viewing.  However, this isn’t the … Continue reading 5 Years and 1 Million Passengers– Whale SENSE Milestones