Vessel / Whale Collisions (ship strike) * Required fields

Record a ship strike

Step 1: Introduction / Select type

Please select from the options below to determine where the incident or discovery happened. If it happened at sea you will need to specify if it was a collision or an observation and finally if it was a collision, select if the whale became stuck on the ship or not.

Where did the incident or discovery happen?
Are you reporting details about a collision event, or a whale seen at sea that was believed to have been struck by a vessel?
Did the whale become stuck on the ship?

Step 2: My details

Please provide us with your details so that we can contact you if we require further information or verification regarding the ship strike.

Step 3: When & where

These questions are designed to establish when the incident happened and where. If you know the date and position then this is all that is required, although it is helpful for extracting data to also select a large area. If you do not have precise information on the date or location then use the descriptive categories to narrow this down as much as possible.

Drag and drop marker to input location or convert Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS) to Decimal degrees (DD)

Are witness details available?

Witness details

Step 4: Species

For some incidents it will be easy to identify which species of whale was involved. In other cases it may be just identified as a whale. Try to give as much information as possible and describe the features that were used to identify the whale. Things like the shape of the fins on the back of the whale, its flippers and tail are all key features to identify the type of whale.

Do you know who identified the whale species?

Contact who identified the whale species

Step 5: Whale details

It is useful to know whether the whale was seen before the collision and whether the animal appeared to be a single individual or one of a group. It is likely that whales involved in some behaviours are less aware of ships than at other times and so information on the whale's behaviour prior to the collision, and particularly any response by the whale to the approaching vessel, is useful.

Do you know who estimated the length?

Contact who estimated the length of the whale

Is there a tissue sample available?

Do you know a contact for the tissue sample?

Is a necropsy report available?

Do you know a contact for the necropsy report?

Step 6: What happened

Even if you saw the collision please try to list everything that might have given an indication that a collision had occurred. This is important for trying to establish whether a collision occurred in other cases which were not witnessed. Knowing the circumstances under which whales received particular injuries also helps to work out what happened to whales that are stranded ashore.

Was blood seen in the water?

Was the whale seen after the collision?

Has the incident been reported to a local stranding network? Click here for a list of local stranding networks

Step 7: What was seen

If the whale was seen before the collision, please provide information about the time between the sighting and the collision, as well as details about the whale(s).

Step 8: Vessel activity

Information about the vessel activity is particularly important for understanding the factors leading to collisions but there is currently a lack of this type of data.

Vessel details

Power & propulsion

Step 9: Weather conditions

Weather conditions affect how easy it is to see whales. Water depth and sea state may also affect the way the whale perceives the sound from the

Step 10: File upload

If you have any photos to support the information you have just provided, you can upload the files to our secure server which will be linked to this entry.

Note: Max file size is 10Mb for each file uploaded.

Step 11: Submission

Before submitting the ship strike entry, please review your entry (click on each step to view the information you provided) to ensure that the data entered is correct.

Australian Marine Mammal Centre - Terms and Conditions

In submitting your data (ie your data record and your contact details as provided in your data entry form) to the Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC) of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) you are agreeing to the following:

  1. Your data will be archived by the AAD;
  2. Your data will be made available now or in the near future, generally via the AMMC National Marine Mammal Data Portal (NMMDP) web site, either:
    • Publically in summary form such as maps, graphs or data grids. Your contact details will not be provided in these summaries; or
    • As full data records, including your contact details, only available to authenticated and authorized users,
  3. To co-operate with the AAD in responding to public queries regarding the quality, validity or processing of your data, should the AAD need your assistance in answering such questions; and
  4. Publication of your data to third-party data networks in which the AAD participates.
The AAD will ensure that people that it passes your data to are aware that:
  1. They cannot use your the data for any commercial purpose;
  2. Where a full data record is provided, a clear acknowledgement must be made that you are the originator of the data and that your details and that of the AAD are to be cited on any product or research resulting from the use of these data. Data summaries such as maps, graphs and data grids will not carry this condition; and
  3. If the data are modified because errors have been detected, the AAD should be notified and given a copy of the updated record. This will assist the AAD to maintain high data quality standards and we will also communicate any correspondence on quality issues to you.
The AAD will also:
  1. Securely archive and manage your data to ensure its availability and access into the future;
  2. Notify you before making substantial changes to your data; and
  3. Notify you before making substantial changes to the status/availability of your data.
If you upload image(s) to the NMMDP or provide image(s) to the AAD for this purpose:
  1. You will retain the copyright to these image(s);
  2. You will grant the Commonwealth of Australia a licence to use and distribute these image(s) for any purpose with the exception of commercial use. These uses will include, but are not limited to, scientific research, government use such as policy development and outcomes and promotional activities and public awareness;
The AAD will ensure that people that it passes your image(s) to are aware that:
  1. A clear acknowledgement must be made that you hold the copyright to the image; and
  2. They must not use your image(s) for commercial purposes.