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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Calling all KS3 Teachers

In partnership with the Thames Tideway Tunnel’s Tunnel works schools program we have designed a number of engaging curriculum-based Key Stage 3 Science lessons based around real research taking place in the Thames Estuary. Interactive lessons, worksheets, teacher’s notes and videos bring the topics of ‘Sound Waves’ and ‘Experimental Skills and Investigation’ alive, helping students to understand and learn about the practical applications of these topics from a research project carried out in 2015 on the harbour porpoise, the UK’s smallest whale. These resources are all free to use so please follow the links below to download them and let us help you inspire the research scientists of the future.

Sound Waves:                                                    Teachers’ notes          Worksheet          Lesson

Experimental Skills and Investigation:                 Teachers’ notes          Worksheet          Lesson

A video introducing to the survey and lessons can be seen above.  Other videos of the teams works are can be found here.

A huge thanks goes to our funders for this project, without which these resources would not be available especially Thames Tideway Tunnel, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the London Array, the Ernest Cook Trust, Hermitage River Projects, the John Speden Lewis Foundation and Sea Changers.

Additional information about the Thames porpoise survey can be found on the Thames porpoise survey page.

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MCR partners with Berthon International

MCR partners with Berthon International

MCR has teamed up with Berthon, the Lymington based boatyard and brokerage to promote a new blog from the R/V Song of the Whale. Sue Grant, Director of Berthon International and long-time supporter of the Song of the Whale project is bringing her marketing expertise to attract new funds and supporters for the important projects… Continue Reading

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In search of the North Atlantic right whale

In search of the North Atlantic right whale

Join R/V Song of the Whale and a group of intrepid explorers on a research expedition searching for North Atlantic right whales 2016. The team will sail from Iceland to Greenland and survey the waters of the Cape Farewell Ground using a combination of acoustic and visual survey techniques. Continue Reading

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Offshore survey in Ireland

Offshore survey in Ireland

Song of the Whale is currently in Galway, Ireland following a charter by the Marine Institute to work with scientists from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and SMRU on a cetacean survey of Irish offshore waters.  See an article about the project in The Irish Times.   Continue Reading

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