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.

Please contact us at 777 7688 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you have any sightings of whales during the winter months up to March. Got photos of the underside of whales' flukes? ...email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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 2017:140

Total fluke IDs for 2018: over 200!

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2018: over 1,500!!!
Total resightings in different years: over 200
Longest layover in Bermuda: 13 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

 
018-04-29 Illustrated lecture "The Secret Lives of the Humpback Whales" 14th May at BUEI Print E-mail

I will be giving two illustrated lectures at BUEI on 14th May at 6.30 and 8.30 pm to show underwater and aerial video of the humpback whales in Bermuda, Dominican Republic and Nova Scotia. Tickets ar $25 available on www.ptix.bm

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Parts of these videos will go into my upcoming documentary sequel to "Where the Whales Sing". Underwater and aerial video reveals behavior no one has witnessed before let alone recorded, of humpback whales having a 'spa' in a sandhole. Aerial ultra-high definition aerail video reveals in detail the highly complex social lives of the humpbacks. While the aerial videos answer some questions they beg a lot more. Aerial footage includes 25 humpback whales battling over a female for two hours; aerial footage of dolphins interacting with bottlenose dolphins and dolphins riding on the pressure wave of my boat and the pressure wave on the rostrum of the humpbacks; underwater and aerial footage of nursing mothers; underwater and aerial footage of courting humpbacks and much more.

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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

It is believed that humpback whale calves are born in warm and shallow tropical waters during the winter, although a birth has never been witnessed. The birth follows a ten to twelve month gestation period. Mothers with newborn calves remain in shallow waters for the first few days to avoid predators such as sharks and killer whales.

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