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..

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.

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Andrew filming

Through exploration of Bermuda’s waters, research, data analysis and educational outreach-our mission is to promote an understanding of humpback whales to protect cetaceans' rights as a step towards conserving our marine environment.

We conduct our research under a Protected Species Licence for Scientific Research Activities Licence no. 14-11-22-15 issued by the Government of Bermuda, Department of Conservation Services.

Our aerial photography/videography is under aerial work permission given by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation and can be viewed on


Summary Statistics to date:

Total fluke IDs for 2017:160 (as of 2017-05-05--includes 40 re-sightings to previous years)

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2016: 1410
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: Total whales re-sighted 235
Longest layover in Bermuda: 11 days

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...

2017-04-15 Candle makes a re-appearance Print E-mail
Candle re-appeared for the 8th time in eleven years and once again it was on the 23rd April. This whale shows remarkable propensity for showing up in Bermuda at the same time every year although in 2012 he showed up here on the 23rd of January as well. Candle was first photographed by Prof Hal Whitehead off Labrador in 1976. As far we we know, Candle had not been seen since 1976 until 2007 when he appeared with Magical Whale. For those who saw my film "Where the Whales Sing" Candle 'fought' with Magical Whale when I was in the water filming them. I have recognised Candle by his behaviour even before I have had a chance to look at his distinct fluke ID. He's a show-off, swimming under the boat and breaching closeby or tail-slapping in close proximity to the boat. He didn't seem to be a juvenile in the 1976 ID photo so we know he is at least 41 years old! This year he was with a mother and the smallest calf I have ever seen here in Bermuda. The aerial images show exactly how small that calf was.

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Exhibition Photographs

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

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Fast Fact

It is believed that humpback whale calves are born in warm and shallow tropical waters during the winter, although a birth has never been witnessed. The birth follows a ten to twelve month gestation period. Mothers with newborn calves remain in shallow waters for the first few days to avoid predators such as sharks and killer whales.

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