Andrew’s work with the North Atlantic Humpbacks

heart_149_compressedAndrew Stevenson (pictured left with Somers-4 and Elsa-9) started his research on humpbacks in 2007. His visual and acoustics data on the pelagic social behaviour of humpbacks as they migrate past Bermuda. was conducted between Feb 2007 and Feb 2010 while making the film "Where the Whales Sing". After completing the film he continued his research and wrote and illustrated "Whale Song" published in 2011..

On December 3rd 2012 Andrew set up a Foundation to continue his research work. Marine scientists know a lot about the humpbacks in their feeding and breeding grounds closer to shore, but there is little information on the humpbacks' mid-ocean migratory behaviour. As a mid-ocean platform, Bermuda provides a unique window into the lives of the humpbacks. There are almost no other similar studies and the few that are out there are from coastal sites near to the breeding grounds and may not be typical of pelagic migration.

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Andrew filming

Our mission, through exploration of Bermuda’s waters, research, data analysis and educational outreach-- is to promote awareness and understanding of the humpback whales to protect their rights and by extension other cetaceans as a step towards conserving our marine environment.

Our intermediate goal is to obtain over 1,000 fluke IDs here in Bermuda by the end of the 2016 season. By the end of 2014 we had obtained 862 fluke IDs which compares to 145 Bermuda fluke IDs over the 40 years before this project began!

 

We conduct our research under a Protected Species Licence for Scientific Research Activities Licence no. 14-04-11-03 issued by the Government of Bermuda, Department of Conservation Services

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Andrew's Latest Whale Diary Entry

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2014: 862

Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: 143

Longest layover in Bermuda: 9 days

Total individual fluke IDs for 2014: 113

Where the Whales Sing wins the "Best Emerging Underwater Filmmaker" award at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California.  - read more....

Where the Whales Sing wins the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Charman Prize for 2011- read more...

 
2014-11-07 Limited edition of 9 canvas prints available Print E-mail

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30 different images of a pair of 'dancing' or courting humpback whales taken in Bermuda in 2014 are mounted on canvas and can be viewed at ACE Reinsurance in the reception area, hallways, lobby and Gallery and can be viewed weekdays 10-5. This is a limited edition of 9 for each image mounted on archival canvas as large as 10x6 feet. Any image can be expanded to 10x6 feet without pixillation. Each image was taken in RAW and is around 60-100 mbs. Proceeds from the sale of these images go towards continuing our research. Contact Andrew by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

These images were taken under a Protected Species Licence for Scientific Research Activities Licence no. 14-04-11-03 issued by the Government of Bermuda, Department of Conservation Services

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The Book

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The whales sing, not because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.

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Fast Fact

Each time a whale blows and inhales, the exhalation and inhalation takes only a second and a half. The air escapes at over 300 miles per hour resulting in a loud "pooooh" sound. If you listen carefully to blows, you can hear the whale exhale and then inhale. It sounds something like "poooooh.......fuut," the sound of a long exhalation and a quick inhalation. If you are downwind from a blow, especially when the whales are feeding, the smell is something like month-old fish.

Recognise this fluke?

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