The world's largest shipping company changes course for the blue whale, the largest animal on earth!

The world’s largest shipping company changes course for the blue whale, the largest animal on earth!

MSC Announcement “Mediterranean Shipping has taken important action to help protect blue whales and other cetaceans that live and feed off the coast of Sri Lanka by revising the navigational guide navigation paths based on recommendations from scientists and maritime authorities and other key players” In order to avoid a potential collision with the endangered blue whale, the world’s largest container liner company has diverted the route.

MSC said the action was in response to research conducted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) with other groups and universities. Vessels passing through Sri Lanka’s coastal waters will now be rerouted south from their previous route for about 15 nautical miles.

The world's largest shipping company changes course for the blue whale, the largest animal on earth!
The world’s largest shipping company changes course for the blue whale, the largest animal on earth!

Blue whales can be found year-round in the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, IFAW said in a report, with a high risk of collisions due to the usual international shipping lanes passing directly through areas where most whales congregate.

The MSC’s voluntary diversion will not directly affect other shipping lines, but advocates hope their decision will help lead to a permanent change to the default shipping lane, affecting all ships. According to IFWA, a study of blue whale populations in the region found that adjusting the waterway could reduce the risk of a vessel hitting a whale by 95%.

The blue whale is the largest animal known to exist on earth. It can grow up to 33 meters in length and weigh up to 181 tons. Its heart is the size of a car, and its life span can reach 70 to 80 years. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the blue whale as an endangered species, noting that the species was hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1960s, and there are now fewer than 50 blue whales worldwide. This means that at least 2% of the total number is at least 2% of the total!

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