Will whale watchers sacrifice personal experience to minimize harm to whales?

Megan Kessler*, Robert Harcourt, Wylie Bradford

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) watchers off Sydney, Australia were surveyed using stated preference techniques to investigate whether they were prepared to prioritize minimizing impact on whales over other factors of their whale-watching experience. Differences between shoreand boat-based whale watchers (343 and 1,133 participants, respectively) to hypothetical whalewatching situations were investigated. Both groups had a strong preference for minimizing impact on the animals. Boat-based whale watchers placed a slightly higher priority on receiving environmental education. Both groups expressed a preference for approaching closer to the whales than currently permitted (i.e., to 50 m), but the high levels of satisfaction of boat-based whale watchers suggest closer approach distances are not necessary to ensure a positive whale-watching experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalTourism in Marine Environments
Volume10
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Conjoint analysis
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
  • Participant expectations
  • Whale watching

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Will whale watchers sacrifice personal experience to minimize harm to whales?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this