Learn about the five-step detection process:

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

Whale in the shipping lanes!

A whale is swimming near the shipping lanes, occasionally making "up-calls" to stay in touch with other whales in the area. Captains of large, fast-moving ships often can't see them in time to avoid collisions.

New auto-detection buoys installed in some shipping lanes monitor the water for right whale calls 24 hours per day. Calls from whales within 5 nautical miles are loud enough to be recorded on the buoy’s hydrophone, mounted 60 to 120 feet beneath the surface.

Listen to a right whale's up-call: