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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2015 Iceland Expedition

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Join the team to sail between the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland in August.

Bringing maths alive

Bringing maths alive

This week MCR teamed up with Tom Walmsley of The Environmental Education Project to trial a live Skype lesson with years 5 and 6 at Clifton High School, Bristol. The children have previously used scientific data collected by the Song of the Whale team in their learning and had prepared a series of questions forContinue Reading

Expeditions page launched

Expeditions page launched

Support the important conservation work of MCR by joining an expedition voyage hosted by members of the team on board Song of the Whale.  

Thames porpoise survey – SOTW returns to port

Thames porpoise survey – SOTW returns to port

The first ever dedicated survey for harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the River Thames was completed on Saturday 14th March, with R/V Song of the Whale returning to her home port of Ipswich. During the week long survey of the Thames Estuary, groups of harbour porpoises were encountered on 17 separate occasions. Passive acoustic detectionContinue Reading

Porpoise survey – update

Porpoise survey – update

The survey got off to a good start on Friday morning with the first leg from Ipswich to Southend during which we had both visual and acoustic detections of porpoises.  On Saturday the team surveyed from Southend up to Hermitage Community Moorings, in Wapping close to Tower Bridge.  Early Sunday morning saw SOTW heading downContinue Reading