The big cargo ships are hurting and killing whales off a Sri Lanka coast revealed the Guardian. Scientists suggest that if these cargo ships slightly alter their shipping routes the blue whales could be protected.
Marine biologist Asha de Vos, who launched a study on the region’s whale population starting in 2008, said that the Sri Lankan blue whale population stays in the area all year round, overlapping with a major shipping route that connects East Asia to the Suez Canal.
“The problem for these whales is that they live in a giant obstacle course that we have created,” de Vos told The Guardian.
But the solution to keeping blue whales from being injured by massive cargo ships is “uniquely resolvable,” de Vos said — the ships can simply adjust their route. Said de Vos.