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: 121 (including 14 re-sightings to previous years)

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2015: 988
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: 162
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 03 29 Close encounters with humpback whales Print E-mail
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Every year I seem to have very close encounters with humpback whales when they approach the boat and seem to want to communicate. These encounters are entirely on the whales' terms. They approach the boat and spyhop or lie under the boat. To classify the whales by gender and age I will sometimes get into the water to obtain their fluke IDs (sometimes they don't lift their tails out of the water).

All our research is conducted under a Protected Species Licence for Scientific Research Activities Licence # 14-11-22-15 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

There are five classes of vertebrate animals (those with backbones)--birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals. Mammals, including humans, are warm-blooded, have hair, breathe air into lungs, give live birth, and nurse their young. Most mammals live on land, but some can fly (bats) and many live in the ocean.

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