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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Meet the team in London this weekend

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Yesterday Song of the Whale arrived in St Katherine Docks London for the Thames Festival. Sailing up river, we were fortunate to meet the magnificent flotilla of Tall Ships heading out of London, in perfect September sunshine.

As part of the Classic and working boat rally, you can come visit us this weekend (13th and 14th September). Members of the team will be giving tours of Song of the Whale, you can learn about how we study and protect marine mammals and hear about our exciting upcoming projects which include a porpoise survey of the River Thames. There will also be the opportunity to buy an exclusive whale t-shirt designed for us by Marine Artist of the Year 2013, Sonia Shomalzadeh.

We hope to see you there!

 

Twenty years of sightings 1993 – 2013.

Twenty years of sightings 1993 – 2013.

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 mapContinue Reading

Acoustic Recorder Successfully Deployed off Cape Verde

Acoustic Recorder Successfully Deployed off Cape Verde

  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

Cape Verde  – archival acoustic recorder

Cape Verde – archival acoustic recorder

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 porpoise of surveying up the River Thames

The porpoise of surveying up the River Thames

  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