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 and can be viewed on www.bermudaaerialography.com

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Summary Statistics to date:

Total fluke IDs for 2017:160 (as of 2017-05-05--includes 40 re-sightings to previous years)

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2016: 1410
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: Total whales re-sighted 235
Longest layover in Bermuda: 11 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...

For those who would like to see my aerial videos of the humpbacks go to my website www.bermudaaerialography.com

 
2017-05-08 A film documentary sequel to "Where the Whales Sing" Print E-mail

I need your help. I am looking for financial support from individuals and corporate entities to complete my documentary on the humpback whales in Bermuda.

 

I am well on my way to making a sequel to my award-winning 60-minute documentary "Where the Whales Sing" narrated by my then 6-year old daughter Elsa. The original was completed on time and on budget March 2010. Most of ut was filmed underwater. That fall it was one of 19 award winners at the prestigious BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California and it went on to win numerous awards in the USA. It has shown literally thousands of times on the local CITV station and 6,000 DVDs have been sold or mostly given away to schoolkids in Bermuda. It has been dubbed in Italian and sub-titled in four other languages. It was shown on several airlines inflight entertainment.

 

With the advances in drone technology I have now obtained two seasons of aerial footage of the humpbacks here in Bermuda and in Nova Scotia. Let me first add that I have a commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft license issued by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and a research permit from the Bermuda Government to undertake this aerial work. These compelling aerial images reveal so much about the humpbacks' social lives. From the surface, in a boat one can only see the blows and occasional swirl of water and if you are lucky a fluke. But from the air one can see every detail of their social interactions and the more details the aerial perspective provides the more questions I have. Couple this aerial (and underwater) footage) with a meticulously compiled and curated catalogue of over 1,400 individual fluke IDs and multiple re-sightings obtained here in Bermuda over the last 11 seasons and you have extra contextual dimensions of information that are unique in portraying the complexities of the humpbacks' pelagic lives.

 

Take a look at some of the many hours of video I have recorded so far.

 

Here we have seven whales in 40 feet of water just off Bermuda. The light coloured whale with the white scars at the base of the peduncle is the female. The big bad dude with no dorsal is the primary escort who spent hours keeping at bay five other males. Why? This was late April and there must be little chance he would mate with her. seven whales in shallow water

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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

Hunting of humpbacked whales has been prohibited in the northern Atlantic Ocean since 1956, the Southern Hemisphere since 1963 and in the northern Pacific Ocean since 1966.

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