Yeh said that curious whales and dolphins are sometimes enticed to approach when they hear a noise.
“Since the ship travels at such high speed, animals may not have enough time to swim away from it,” Yeh said.
While direct hits can be avoided with the use of technology and caution on the crew’s part, Yeh said she was more worried about indirect impacts.
“When whales and dolphins are disturbed by ships passing frequently, they may move away from the area,” Yeh said. “If the top consumers in the east coast food chain move away, it would devastate the ecosystem.”
Hsiao and Uni-Wagon general manager Tiger Yang (楊許虎) said that they are aware of potential environmental problems, which Yang promised to find solutions to if the company does end up running the ferry line.