Marine Conservation Research International is a unique not-for-profit organisation conducting practical conservation projects on vulnerable marine wildlife and habitats, and investigating human impacts including threats such as underwater noise, disturbance and marine debris. R/V Song of the Whale is the team’s purpose built sailing research vessel.

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We’re London bound…..

London

Final preparations are being made for the Song of the Whale team’s departure from Ipswich later this week; provisions are arriving, gear is being stowed, volunteer participants will soon be settling in and last minute testing of equipment taking place. All in readiness for the start of the first survey for harbour porpoise in the Tidal Thames.

But we still need your help. We are hoping for lots of pairs of eagle eyes watching the water this weekend for marine mammals, as our partners at the RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust and Kent Mammal Group are running various shorewatches along the banks of the Thames, while the SOTW surveys up river to Tower Bridge. Please join us on 7th March if you can, find more details here.

You can also come to visit us at our open day at the Hermitage Community Moorings, Wapping, on Sunday 8th March between 1pm-4pm. Visitors will be able to tour our unique research vessel, meet the team and hear more about the Thames Porpoise project and how we are surveying these muddy waters to study their wildlife and man-made threats. We hope to see you there!

So wish us fair winds, calm seas and lots of interesting wildlife encounters …

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Big river, small whale

Big river, small whale

The Song of the Whale team are currently busy preparing for an upcoming project on harbour porpoises (the UK’s smallest whale) in the Tidal Thames, our busiest waterway. In early March, R/V Song of the Whale and team will be back on the water to conduct the first dedicated surveys for Thames porpoises. The studyContinue Reading

Thames harbour porpoise survey – Internship

Thames harbour porpoise survey – Internship

Do you live in London, Kent or Essex and want field experience working with marine mammals? Apply now to join the Song of the Whale team during our upcoming acoustic and visual survey for harbour porpoise in the tidal Thames.

The Power of a Photograph

The Power of a Photograph

Photo-identification (or photo ID) is a non-invasive technique used by scientists around the world to study whale and dolphin populations, associations and migrations. Like human finger prints, each animal within a population is unique and has distinctive, often identifiable markings which distinguish it from other individuals. Nicks or marks on the body surface are photographedContinue Reading

Holarctic Conference St. Petersburg

Holarctic Conference St. Petersburg

MCR Senior Research Scientist Oliver Boisseau attended the 8th International Marine Mammals of the Holarctic Conference which took place last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Talks, posters and videos were presented, not just from the Arctic Ocean but also more enclosed water bodies, such as the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Lake Ladoga. During theContinue Reading