Posted March 13th, 2007, 01:47 AM
For some whales, such as the fast-moving fin whales, many strikes probably do involve sick or injured individuals. Unfortunately, the critically endangered northern right whales are very slow moving, and spend a lot of time at the surface...and therefore are especially vulnerable to ship strikes; this is thought to be the primary reason their numbers have not rebounded in the same way that other species have. And no, they cannot outswim a fast moving ship!!
I would venture to guess that more wildlife is killed by motor vehicles that are much smaller than a cruise ship each year and I do not here anyone trying to ban them or boycot their use. Maybe we should all go back to walking, riding horses, and row boats- Oh wait we may step on an endangered worm!
no one is seriously suggesting a ban on all ship traffic, but that does not mean we should ignore the issue. Certain measures are already in place, including limiting speed and rerouting shipping traffic whenever possible when right whales are known to be present. What could possibly be wrong with trying to minimize this serious problem?