Andrew's Whale Diary
2017-05-08 A film documentary sequel to "Where the Whales Sing" Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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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