Whale Safe, a technology-based mapping and analysis system to help prevent whale-ship collisions, is scheduled to launch off to the San Francisco Bay Area Region, after finding success in southern California. 

The announcement comes on the heels of the news of the death of Fran, the most photographed whale in California, caused by a ship strike.

Whale Safe has been developed by the Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, in collaboration with the Marine Mammal Center, to help detect endangered whale presence and track ship speeds to provide data to the shipping industry, public and government to reduce preventable whale deaths. 

"Whale Safe is on a mission to help save the incredible mammals who have ruled the oceans for tens of millions of years,” said Marc Benioff, chair and co-CEO of Salesforce.

“Whale-ship collisions continue to be a leading cause of death for endangered whales, but with these new kinds of monitoring technology and alert systems...