A new app is available to encourage users of Western Australia’s coastal waters to assist with whale migration research, by reporting sightings on their smart phones.
Whale Sightings WA can be downloaded for free from iTunes and it enables water users to submit their sightings of whales along the coast. An android version is also being developed.
Your sightings of whales, combined with sightings from other users, will give us a much better understanding of where and when different whale species move along our coast, and their behaviour patterns here. This information will greatly assist us in protecting these important species that frequent and migrate through our coastal waters, and it will also help the Department of Fisheries to provide better management information to the fishing industry.
Whale Sightings WA also provides information to assist you in identifying any whales you might see. Details on each species are included in the ‘Species’ page, or can be seen when creating a sighting report by tapping the right arrow on the species you think you may have seen. There are photos and diagrams to assist you, as well as some interesting information on how the whales were named.
Download from itunes today!