The Humpback Whale Research Project was started in 2007 by Andrew Stevenson (pictured left with Somers-4 and Elsa-9). We research and collect visual and acoustics data on the pelagic social behaviour of humpbacks as they migrate past Bermuda. Andrew's initial research was conducted between Feb 2007 and Feb 2010 while making the film "Where the Whales Sing".
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.
Please contact us at 777 7688 (
) if you have any sightings of whales during the winter months up to March.
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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