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Right Whale Sighting Advisory System

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Goal Collect sighting reports of North Atlantic right whales
Task Report sightings of North Atlantic right whales

The Right Whale Sighting Advisory System (RWSAS) is a NOAA Fisheries program which was designed to reduce collisions between ships and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) by alerting mariners to the presence of the right whales. These reports are obtained from a variety of sources including aerial surveys, shipboard surveys, whale watch vessels, and opportunistic sources (Coast Guard, commercial ships, fishing vessels, and the general public).

How to Join

If you see a North Atlantic right whale, there are several ways to report a right whale sighting:

-- Call 866-755-6622 (Virginia to Maine)

-- Call 877-WHALE-HELP (Florida to North Carolina)

-- Contact the U.S. Coast Guard via channel 16

-- Report via the WhaleAlert iPhone/iPad app

Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Tags citizen science, conservation, management, marine mammals, opportunistic reports, right whales, sightings, whales
Project Updated 05/23/2018