Whale Wise is a collaborative research and conservation group
Our aim is simple:
Encourage a world in which humans and whales can thrive
Current focus: shaping a sustainable whale watching industry in north Iceland
Using cutting-edge research to create harmony between whales and humans
By connecting the public with the natural world, whale watching can educate others and encourage protection of marine life. However, evidence exists that current practices may negatively impact whale populations, in particular by altering their natural behaviour. A large, noisy boat could be both stressful and threatening to a whale.
Therefore, Whale Wise aims to contribute new research towards best practices within the whale watching industry – with the overarching goal of ensuring the greater protection and welfare of whales, dolphins and all marine mammals.
Using a range of methods and equipment, from drones to hydrophones, we will deduce the behavioural, bio-energetic and physiological response of whales to whale watching vessels. From this, we will construct a conservation plan aimed at minimising these negative impacts. By engaging local tour operators and the general public with our project and its aims, we hope to translate our research into action towards protection of whales and dolphins.