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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North to South (6) Christmas and a Southern Right Whale

North to South (6) Christmas and a Southern Right Whale

As I write, we are officially into the new year, Christmas was celebrated in the traditional style of organised chaos. The day started off with waking up to a 2m swell and realising that I had volunteered to make pancakes, needless to say it was already a rather messy affair when the shout of “WHALE!”… Continue Reading

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North to South (5) Sailing into Midsummer

North to South (5) Sailing into Midsummer

As the newbie on board it falls to me to relate some of the experiences of the last few days on board and also tell you more about the routine of daily life. Two weeks in and I am still finding my sea legs and possibly looking for new ones.  My day usually begins, whether… Continue Reading

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North to South (4) Cape Verde and on towards the Equator

North to South (4) Cape Verde and on towards the Equator

Another beautiful sunrise greeted Song of the Whale on Sunday 3rd December. We sailed west across the top of the Cape Verde archipelago, to make landfall later that day; our final stop before the Falklands. In the last few days approaching Cape Verde we have seen lots of flying fish, they shoot away from the… Continue Reading

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North to South (3) – Gran Canaria, batteries and on towards Cape Verde

North to South (3) – Gran Canaria, batteries and on towards Cape Verde

  Our journey south continues onwards towards the Canary Islands and our next landfall. We all enjoy a handful of calm, sunny and increasingly warmer days but sadly the sightings have been less frequent. Striped dolphins made an appearance and delighted those on night watch as they played at the bow, triggering bioluminescence in their… Continue Reading

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