Andrew’s work with the North Atlantic Humpbacks

heart_149_compressedThe Humpback Whale Research Project was started in 2007 by Andrew Stevenson (pictured left with Somers-4 and Elsa-9). We research and collect visual and acoustics data on the pelagic social behaviour of humpbacks as they migrate past Bermuda. Andrew's initial research was conducted between Feb 2007 and Feb 2010 while making the film "Where the Whales Sing".

On December 3rd 2012 Andrew set up a Foundation to continue his research work. Marine scientists know a lot about the humpbacks in their feeding and breeding grounds closer to shore, but there is little information on the humpbacks' mid-ocean migratory behaviour. As a mid-ocean platform, Bermuda provides a unique window into the lives of the humpbacks. There are almost no other similar studies and the few that are out there are from coastal sites near to the breeding grounds and may not be typical of pelagic migration.

Please contact us at 777 7688 if you have any sightings of whales during the winter months up to March.

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Andrew filming

Our mission, through exploration of Bermuda’s waters, research, data analysis and educational outreach-- is to promote awareness and understanding of the humpback whales to protect their rights and by extension other cetaceans as a step towards conserving our marine environment.

Our intermediate goal is to obtain over 1,000 fluke IDs here in Bermuda by the end of the 2016 season. By the end of 2013 we had obtained 824 fluke IDs which compares to 145 Bermuda fluke IDs over the 40 years before this project began!


Andrew's Latest Whale Diary Entry

Total individual fluke IDs 2007-2013: 824

Total re-sightings Bermuda to Bermuda: 114

Total individual fluke IDs for 2014: 92

Where the Whales Sing wins the "Best Emerging Underwater Filmmaker" award at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California.  - read more....

Where the Whales Sing wins the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Charman Prize for 2011- read more...

2014 04 22 wild bottlenose dolphins in Bermuda Print E-mail

Watch five minutes of underwater video of wild bottle nose dolphins in Bermuda below or at


Although I have filmed wild dolphins often in Bermuda, this was the best occasion I've had. Apart from video footage of dolphins riding the pressure wave on the nose of a humpback as it swims, this footage I have found to be the most moving...



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The whales sing, not because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.

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Fast Fact

Humpback whale have 14-35 throat grooves that run from the chin to the navel. These grooves allow their throat to expand during the huge intake of water during filter feeding.

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