2015-04-23 Longtails and a lonely singing humpback rallying the last of the troops Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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Well, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, but we did have one lonely male humpback singing in very shallow water, less than 50 feet deep right under out boat. The hull reverberated with his singing and that was the only whale we found today. Even the longtails seemed to wonder what was going on down there... Perhaps the fat lady has sung after all.

 

It is effectively the end of the season. The whales have migrated to their northern feeding grounds. Whales that we have identified here have been matched to sightings of the same whales on the US seaboard as far south as North Caroline up to Gulf of Maine. It seems the majority of our matches are to Newfoundland (and St Pierre et Miquelon) thanks to dedicated efforts by Roger Etcheberry. We also have humpbacks matched to Labrador, Greenland and Iceland as well as all over the West Indies but in particular the Silver Bank, between the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos.

It has been a long, fruitful season, wtih 40 plus days on the water but for the second year in a row we had inclement weather during the peak of the migration in early April with only small windows of opportunity to get out on the water. Our catalogue is increased by over 220 new IDs of which 35 are re-sightings to the previous eight years. With well over 1,000 individual whales identified here in Bermuda waters in the last nine seasons we have a database that is becoming increasingly significant to science. With support, we hope to continue our dedicated efforts and add significantly to this database.

 

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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