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

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Summary Statistics to date:

Total fluke IDs for 2015: 231!!! (as of 2015 04 17--includes 38 re-sightings to previous years)

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2015: 1031!!! (as of 2015 04 17)
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: Total whales re-sighted 117
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...

 
2015-05-23 More images from today Print E-mail
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A still taken from video over Faiyland Creek at dawn
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The Book

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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

Humpbacks are usually seen alone or in groups of two or three. However during feeding and mating seasons they may congregate in groups of up to twenty whales. During the winter season, female humpbacks are often temporarily accompanied by a male called an escort. If a calf is present, the male escort sometimes appears to protect the calf from intruders by placing himself between the calf and intruder.

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