In 2014 we celebrate 25 years of the Song of the Whale research programme, so to mark this momentous year, we have collated all of the observations of marine mammals we have made in the last two decades in order to identify those areas and species with specific conservation needs. At first glance, this map highlights the patchiness of marine wildlife and the dynamic nature of the world’s oceans. No two marine ecosystems are alike and thus we can see that regions of high productivity, such as Iceland and the volcanic outcrops of the Azores and the Canary Islands, have numerous cetacean visitors. Other regions support less biomass, leading to a corresponding dearth of sightings in the Baltic Sea and eastern Mediterranean Sea for example. Long-term monitoring such as this allows us to prioritise our research efforts. (The map above shows sighting groups by species aggregation). Click on the map for a closer look.
On 20 April MCR’s archival acoustic recorder was deployed 100 km north of Cape Verde Islands on a German (GEOMAR) oceanographic mooring. The deployment was made from the RV Meteor during GEOMAR’s climate change research in the tropical Atlantic. The recorder will log acoustic data for up to 12 months at this site, generatingContinue Reading
Conor joined the German RV Meteor in Mindelo, Cape Verde, this week to deploy an acoustic recorder in partnership with GEOMAR (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel) and INDP (Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas), with support from International Fund for Animal Welfare. The purpose of the 18 month long deployment is to investigate theContinue Reading
The Thames Estuary is home to seals, harbour porpoises and sometimes even whales and dolphins. From historic records it seems that Europe’s smallest whale, the harbour porpoise, used to be a common sight in central London. Due to extreme pollution, harbour porpoises and fish declined in the River Thames, which was declared as biologicallyContinue Reading
R/V Song of the Whale and team arrived in St Katharine Docks, London last weekend, in preparation for a busy few weeks hosting visitors and meetings. One of our first guests was Miranda Krestovnikoff, wildlife television presenter and marine conservationist, who was keen to find out more about the work of the team andContinue Reading