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: 7 (as of 2017-01-23--includes 3 re-sightings to previous years)

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2016: 1250
Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: Total whales re-sighted 170
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...

 
2017-01-26 The eleventh season has begun and we are working on a sequel to "Where the Whales Sing" Print E-mail

We've started our eleventh season of collecting data on the humpback whales. There are few whales here right now but we have already identified several whale IDs  in Bermuda waters. What are these whales doing here now? Don't know. Perhaps on their way south to the breeding/calving grounds. Some seem to be just hanging out. Some seem to be foraging on the edge, some seem to be hibernating, down for long periods and barely breathing when they surface. This past week we documented a mother and a young calf with an escort. Was the calf born in Bermuda waters? Perhaps. Will they stay here before they head north? Will they head south? No reason to. If we can identify these whales again in the next weeks, we can perhaps answer this question.

 

This will be my second season using a drone to get aerial footage of the humpbacks. I have a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to conduct this research. The aerial footage reveals so much information about the size, health, gender and social interactions of these whales.

 

In addition to the research, I will make a sequel documentary to "Where the Whales Sing". This project has received financial support from the Atlantic Conservation Partnership and the Bermuda Government through the Ministry of Social Development and Sports. I'm looking for a corporate title partner as well as individuals. The 45-60 minute documentary will be completed by this time next year.

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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

The head and lower jaw of humpbacks are covered with small, round bumps on the front of the head called knobs or tubercles. A hair grows out of each tubercle and is attached to sensors that help the whale assess its surroundings.

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