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: 14

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2015: 876
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...

 
2015-02-24 Another day in the life of a whale researcher Print E-mail
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Two of the fluke IDs from today (16 OF-DC). Once again it was not easy finding these whales and it was all the more difficult with the large ocean swells. Half the time we were in a trough with fifty foot of visibility and at other times we could see the whales but then a swell would come in between us as in the photo above. We just managed to get this whale before the wave blocked out view. 

The fluke ID above left has been identified by Allied Whale as their na1162. This whale has only been seen once before, in 1978 near the mouth of Trinity Bay by Hal Whitehead. We have a number of whales in our Bermuda catalogue, including Candle, that have been identified by Professor Hal Whitehead in 1978 or even earlier, and never seen since until they were re-identified by us again here in Bermuda.

 

Take a look at the backs of the two whales below:

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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

Mothers nurse calves with thick, fat-rich milk which allows the youngsters to grow about a foot each month. At just a few months age calves make their first migration to feeding waters. By age one a calf will double its length and cease nursing. Humpbacks are fully grown by age 12 and it is estimated that they may live to age 60 but perhaps even as much as 80 or more.

Recognise this fluke?

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