Scott Wilson – Director of Photography, Development Producer
Humans are using the oceans more and more as highways to ship goods across the world. As the oceans become increasingly laden with large ships travelling at a high speed, whales are increasingly at risk of being hit and killed by this traffic. The IWC has recognized that reducing the spatial overlap of both high numbers of cetaceans and high numbers of vessels is likely to remain the best means of reducing ship strikes. However, multiple solutions exist in different locations around the world. We identify overlapping marine areas where high density of whales (feeding or nursing grounds) meets high density of boats, is where most accidents happen, and where solutions could be the most effective. To evaluate the current dramatic situation Ocean Souls talked to the best scientists, experts, conservationists, NGOs and agencies around the world, heard of the challenging but also the successful stories.