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

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 2017:140

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

 
2018-11-15 Trailer for "The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks" Print E-mail

After eight years of underwater filming and four years of aerial footage, the 43-minute documentary "The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks" is completed. The film is a sequel to the award winning "Where the Whales Sing". See trailer below.

Narrated by two Bermuda school children, the film aspires to educate and inspire the younger generations to care for the ocean surrounding them. The film will be shown in primary and secondary school around Bermuda as well as on CITV and online in 2019.

Be a supporter of "The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks"! We are looking for private and corporate donors to help make our efforts go even further and reach more people. Our environment is at risk. The key to protecting nature is knowledge. This is your chance to be part of a wonderful project!

We are looking specifically for a corporate sponsor to match the Atlantic Conservation Partnership's major contribution. The Government of Bermuda has also contributed financially towards the making of the film.

Please contact Andrew Stevenson on Messenger or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you wish to make a difference by supporting this documentary or go directly to the Bermuda Zoological Society website: https://bamz.org/conserve/humpback-whale-project

Our Bermuda, Our Legacy
The More We Know, The More We Care

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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

Humpbacks are distinguished from other large whales primarily by their very long pectoral fins which are about one-third of their body length. They also have a flat head with golf ball size bumps called tubercles and commonly raise their flukes when diving.

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