about Us

StrikeMaps is an international project for whale ship strike prevention dedicated to establishing whale-safe shipping in order to help the world’s great whales recover toward pre-whaling populations.

Make the maps

The SrikeMaps team will pinpoint high risk areas for whales by creating global, real-time digital maps.

Find the gaps

We will identify areas where more scientific research is needed before solutions can be rendered.

Work with




StrikeMaps will use the maps to engage directly with stakeholders in each strike zone forming solutions that work for everyone involved.


Science based solutions



We aim to bring conservationists, marine biologists and industry together to develop solutions/strategies for separating whales from ships based on the specific characteristics of whale populations and shipping activity in each strike zone.

To address this growing and lethal problem of ship strikes on whales, the Great Whale Conservancy (GWC) created Strike Maps, the first ever interactive program for global Ship Strike Prevention and Mapping.

Great Whale Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the world’s great whales and their habitat, and returning global populations to their pre-whaling abundance, with a special focus on the blue whale. www.greatwhaleconservancy.org

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is the Founder and Executive Director of Great Whale Conservancy and brings over 25 years and 10,000 hours of fieldwork on the world's great whales to our team. Michael was a former top 50 in the world professional tennis player. He has worked tirelessly to save large whales all over the world, lectured at countless prominent venues, and been featured in many oceanic documentaries on the BBC, National Geographic and elsewhere.

Delphi Waters

Strike Maps Team

is the Director of Media & Brand Design for Great Whale Conservancy.
In addition to her intimate understanding and love for cetaceans, Delphi brings her expertise in photography, graphic design, communications, video production and social media management to the GWC.


Additional Team members

Barbaix is a Master Mariner onboard so-called supertankers. He started his seafaring career at the age of 17 when he got accepted at the Antwerp Maritime Academy and is now exploring options on how he can return to the ocean what the ocean gave to him. 

Richard Heal

is StrikeMaps’ Chief Technology Officer.  He has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as an executive, investor and co-founder.  His experience includes leading teams developing consumer and business-to-business systems software applications.