SeaDoc was mentioned in a recent article in Hakai Magazine (a magazine about Coastal Science and Societies). The story, based on a recent Soundwatch report describing whale watching infractions in 2015, refers to the science behind the whale watch guidelines and the transboundary (US / Canadian) challenges.
Joe Gaydos, the chief scientist with the SeaDoc Society in the San Juan Islands, says bad whale-watching behavior is concerning as there are a number of ways infringing boats can hurt whales. Engine noise makes it more difficult for whales to communicate and hunt; propellers are a collision risk; and whales may inhale vessel exhaust fumes when they come up to breathe. Whales also alter their swimming to avoid boats, a particular problem for nursing females. “We don’t want to give moms that are lactating extra reason to expend energy,” says Gaydos.