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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Thames harbour porpoise survey – Internship

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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

Meet the team in London this weekend

Meet the team in London this weekend

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 andContinue Reading

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