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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Third cetacean survey completed off the Republic of Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Rough-toothed dolphins were encountered twice during survey 3.

The MCR team recently completed the third and final cetacean survey of Cypriot waters. These visual and acoustic surveys were commissioned by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR). The project is a collaborative effort between MCR, Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, Cyprus-based AP Marine and DFMR.

Five species of cetacean were recorded during the most recent survey, including sperm whale, rough-toothed, Risso’s, striped and bottlenose dolphin, demonstrating a surprisingly high diversity of cetaceans in the region during early summer. Excitingly it seems that one of the sperm whales photographed by the team had previously been captured in a photograph taken by the Pelagos team in the Ionian Sea some years ago !  Analysis of the combined survey results from 2016 and 2017 is ongoing and the team will submit the final report to DFMR later this summer.

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Curious Risso’s dolphin.

 

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Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage

MCR International and Marine Education and Research are excited to be working with local youth groups, YMCA Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers and Basecamp Mentoring Suffolk, on  a new Heritage Lottery Funded project: Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage. Working with groups of local young people we will investigate the bats, plankton, mud, birds, sounds and… Continue Reading

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Cyprus Cetacean Survey

Cyprus Cetacean Survey

A team from MCR are currently in Cyprus working with colleagues from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR), AP Marine and Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute. Together we are conducting the first of three visual and acoustic surveys of Cypriot waters out to 50 Nautical miles.  During the fist few days the team had… Continue Reading

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Iceland to Greenland – In search of the North Atlantic right whale

Iceland to Greenland – In search of the North Atlantic right whale

                  Song of the Whale has returned to Reykjavik following ten days of Minke whale photo ID and outreach activities.  Preparations are being finalised for a two week research expedition to Greenland and the historic Cape Farewell Ground in search of  North Atlantic right whales.  MCR are excited to… Continue Reading

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