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Winter story 1

While the minke whales presumably spend their winters in southern unknown waters ORES activities don’t stop. Throughout the winter we will keep you informed about events and progresses and will share background information and stories from the past.

Stay tuned until spring, when the minke whales return.

Master course in Scotland

In mid-September project director Ursula Tscherter started her master course at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit. Taught by experienced scientists and lecturers she will receive her Master of Research in Marine Mammal Science in August 2012.

By then she will not only have increased her background on marine mammals in general but also has gained vulnerable knowledge on the quantification, modelling and scientific analysis of marine mammal research data.

Sh has not yet chosen the topic for her thesis but will certainly write it on one of the many aspect about the lives of the St Lawrence minke whales. Certainly this full time commitment of hers will improve the future work of ORES and lead to an increase of scientific publications.

Unfortunately this also means that ORES can’t carry out a usual field season during the coming summer. However, focused data collection and at least two field courses will be carried out in September. In addition, it is planned to collect at least photo-identification data throughout the summer by experienced whale observers.

ORES attends very first WhaleFest in Brighton

Organized by Planet Whale, whale-watching companies, cetacean conservation groups, artists, environmental educators and cetacean experts shared their activities with more than 2500 adults and hundreds of children beginning of November.

Ursula Tscherter presented ORES with videos, her life-sized whales on display and during lots of personal meetings. She especially used the unique opportunity to talk to people who offer minke whale watching trips in Scotland, Norway, Iceland and Australia. It was a great pleasure for to exchange scientific knowledge and field experiences with them. It was especially rewarding to talk to people from Reykjavik where watched minke whales are also killed minke whales.

A very productive workshop was held for operators to exchange experiences in order to improve their activities towards respectful and sustainable whale watching.

ORES will certainly use such events to develop some kind of collaboration among minke whale people to raise the public awareness about this poorly known species.

Read up on our field stories 2011