2010 06 04- whalesbermuda.com has over 300,000 views and climbing Print
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

Since putting this website up two years ago we have now had over 300,000 visits. Most of the viewers to our website are in Bermuda and the USA.


This year we will revamp the website to include a curriculum based on the film, "Where the Whales Sing" which is narrated by my six-year old daughter, Elsa. The film, which is an hour long, is divided into fifteen 'chapters'. We will identify the teachable moments in each chapter as teaching modules with questions and answers.


By doing this, parents and teachers can select the chapters that are appropriate for their age group of children whilst meeting overall teaching objectives. For each chapter there are 'teachable moments'. We will develop teaching modules with questions and answers on the issues raised in each chapter. This curriculum will be distributed online via our website www.whalesbermuda.com


We would also like to put our entire Bermuda whale fluke id photographs onto the website so that viewers can check to see if they have seen our whales, or to see how many times we have photo-id'ed a whale. There are over 320 individual whale fluke ids we have taken in Bermuda alone, over the past four seasons, in the course of making the film "Where the Whales Sing" . This entire catalogue will be donated to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo this month.


We have one whale we have spotted four times over five seasons, three whales we have id'ed three times over four seasons, and another dozen we have photo id'ed twice over four seasons. I believe we have only scraped the surface of what our fluke ids will eventually tell us. Given that there are often weeks at a time during the height of the whales migrating by Bermuda, when we can't get out because of high winds and waves, the resightings are notable. How many returnees did we miss because we weren't on the water? This year was particularly bad for wind and waves. And yet there is a remarkable coincidence in the timing of the resightings- more often than not, within a week of when they were sighted before. I believe that the whales are not only maintaining fidelity to their migratory routes, but also to a schedule. The next step will be to photograph whales together on the same day from one year to the next. Are they meeting here in Bermuda and travelling in family groups? If we can keep getting large numbers of fluke ids every year, time will eventually tell.