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.

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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

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Summary Statistics to date:

Total fluke IDs for 2015: 5

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2014: 867
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: 143
Longest layover in Bermuda: 9 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...

 
2015-01-22 Humpback calf spotted Print E-mail

Four years in a row I've had reports of small humpback calves sighted in Bermuda waters in December or January, at the same time calves are born down on the Silverbank and other calving grounds in the West Indies. This year I had a report of a tiny humpback calf (13T DS) on Christmas Eve. I questioned the observer in detail and it seems there can have been no mistake. Today, Thursday 22 January I saw a small calf breach (13T TQ) almost clean out of the water. There was no doubt that it was a calf and despite the full breach, the splash was relatively small, as you would expect from a breaching calf. So, although I didn't get a photo of this calf, I have seen a very small calf in Bermuda waters in January with my own eyes. With the numerous whale sightings we have had this winter already there can be no doubt that the numbers of whales in our waters during the winter has increased. With my own observations of groups of males fighting over a female and these newborn calves n January, it may be that Bermuda is becoming, once again, a breeding/calving ground for the humpbacks. Exciting news.

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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

Humpbacks are distinguished from other large whales primarily by their very long pectoral fins which are about one-third of their body length. They also have a flat head with golf ball size bumps called tubercles and commonly raise their flukes when diving.

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