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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Searching for beaked whales off Ireland #beakquest17

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Beaked whale breaching in poor weather close to R/V Celtic Voyager. Photo (c) Ash Bennison.

 

Last week MCR participated in a multidisciplinary project studying deep-diving whales in the offshore waters to the west of Ireland. The team of seven scientists were aboard the Irish Marine Institute’s R/V Celtic Voyager to conduct the study which incorporated visual and acoustic surveys, CTD casts, plankton tows and deep-water trawls. Although the sea conditions were typical for an autumnal survey, the team encountered common dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales and beaked whales, the last three species being considered deep-diving toothed whales. We were fortunate enough to have several encounters with breaching beaked whales, a rare sight as many species of beaked whale are extremely elusive. When in deeper waters, we could hear the characteristic echolocation clicks of pilot whales and sperm whales almost continuously; although much less regular, we were also able to detect the distinct very high frequency vocalisations of beaked whales. The team will now pull together the different strands of the research to investigate the behaviour and ecology of these majestic and little known creatures in an offshore habitat 400 km from land.

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New Expedition Opportunity

New Expedition Opportunity

Join the R/V Song of the Whale team on an expedition from the UK to the Falkland Islands, Southern Ocean, via the Cape Verde Islands See Expeditions page for details. Continue Reading

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Third cetacean survey completed off the Republic of Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Third cetacean survey completed off the Republic of Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

The MCR team recently completed the third and final cetacean survey of Cypriot waters. These visual and acoustic surveys were commissioned by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR). The project is a collaborative effort between MCR, Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, Cyprus-based AP Marine and DFMR. Five species of cetacean were recorded during the… Continue Reading

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Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage

MCR International and Marine Education and Research are excited to be working with local youth groups, YMCA Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers and Basecamp Mentoring Suffolk, on  a new Heritage Lottery Funded project: Our Estuaries, Our Youth, Our Heritage. Working with groups of local young people we will investigate the bats, plankton, mud, birds, sounds and… Continue Reading

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