The Song of the Whale is a one-of-a-kind conservation research vessel custom built for IFAW, managed and operated by Marine Conservation Research Limited (MCR) on our behalf.
The vessel is many things: research centre, outreach vehicle, floating classroom and global ambassador for whale conservation. It travels around the world and across the oceans on a unique mission to protect whales from harm and save whale species from extinction.
The research conducted from Song of the Whale plays a particularly important role. By carrying out population assessments, perfecting surveying techniques and developing technologies that may help save whale species from extinction, Song of the Whale is proving to be one of the most effective non-invasive whale research vessels in the world.
The team on board has a wealth of expertise and experience in marine conservation and are available to work with researchers or industry to facilitate their own conservation research requirements.
See an interactive tour of this amazing vessel.
For updates from Song of the Whale’s recent voyages, check out the following cruise reports filled from each research project and leg of sail:
July 29 – September 28, 2012 Baleen whale research in Iceland
July 7 – 28, 2012 Passage from USA to Iceland
June 1 – July 7, 2012 DTAG and photogrammetry research on humpback whales, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, USA
May 6 – June 1, 2012 Passage from Azores to USA
April 5 -- May 8, 2012 Cetacean survey in Azores, Portugal.
November 7 – 24, 2011 Survey of Harbour Porpoises, Dogger Bank and southern North Sea