Who, What, Why: Is whale watching harmful to whales?

  • David Lusseau

Press/Media: Research


Concerns over whale watching are being discussed by the International Whaling Commission this week. So is it harmful to whales?

At least 13 million people go whale watching every year and it is an industry estimated to be worth £1.32bn ($2.1bn), according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In short, it is very big business.

Organised whale watching - typically going out in boats to see them swim - started in the US in the 1950s and is now done in 120 countries worldwide. The industry is still growing, with countries in Asia and Latin America getting more involved.

Period12 Jul 2011

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  • TitleWho, What, Why: Is whale watching harmful to whales?
    Media name/outletOnline
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/SizeBBC Magazine
    Producer/AuthorBritish Broadcasting Corporation
    PersonsDavid Lusseau