Ocean Sounds will take a creative summer break from June-October 2013 to work on a fresh new plan for 2014!
We have found new partners where we will have a new exhibition and science center, a room for lectures/slide shows and a boat harbor!
We will start with educational marine life watching tours again and can offer you accommodation and food as well.
In addition we work closely together with Zen-Loften to relax with Ocean Sounds
It will still be located in Henningsvaer, so plan your visit for next year! .. but more info will follow soon….
But if you are a group of more than 10 people and you want to listen to a presentation/slide show, we can arrange it, just send us an email or call and make an appointment! 150kr/pers.
Our research will continue as always with ever more spreading networks to Researchers from England, Iceland and Spain….
Stay tuned for news and exciting new projects!
Thanks for your support!
We probably close for the season and will find a more suitable place and a new partner that does appreciate our work later..
For now the center is open until end of June on request only and then we will move somewhere else or have it closed until we find something new for next year…
Thank you for your understanding!
For our field work May-October 2013 we need financial help:
Like every summer since 2005 we plan to do daily boat trips into the Vestfjord and especially Øksfjord to study orcas and long finned pilot whales.
We have already established a research project on the as behaviour, identification and underwater communication of orca groups visiting us in the summer, especially in the Øksfjord (see article). This adds to our knowledge from winter observation of orcas in northern Norway, which we have studied since 2003.
In addition we have studied long finned pilot whales in the Vestfjord since 2006 and have over 220 individuals in our Photo ID catalog, plus could identify more than 140 different call types. Long-finned pilot whales migrate every year to the Vestfjord and we investigate whether these groups are stable or fluctuate and whether their communication differs from other groups.
In 2013 we further focus on the distribution & vocal behavior of Atlantic White sided Dolphins, we have no former knowledge about those animals!
In summary, to understand these animals more research is needed, because we are only in the beginning of revealing their secrets!
In addition we monitor Distribution & Behaviour all other Marine Mammals that we find in the Vestfjord during the whole year.
In order to keep our research base in Henningsvaer going and be able to conduct our daily boat excursion, we need your help!
Since 2010 we cannot invite tourists on our boat trips anymore, because the laws for our boat has changed and we are not allowed to. this means a huge cut in our financial income, which makes donations and sponsorship ever more important.
Please take a few minutes and think about it, we hope you do care about Marine Mammals in Lofoten and would like to support our projects.
Donate now! Our marine animals need your help!
Heike Vester (lead researcher/Ocean Sounds)
We now have our non-profit Organization ORCAS registered and you can donate money to the Ocean Sounds Research project through ORCAS and get tax refunded!
All you have to do is name it with:
“Research Project Ocean Sounds”
Bank account: Organization for research of complex adaptive systems (or-cas) e.V.
Account nr: 4065921300
BLZ: 430 609 67
IBAN: DE97 4306 0967 4065 921300
Address: Organisation zur Erforschung komplexer adaptiver Systeme (or-cas) e.V.
Am Faßberg 17
and soon we will have our ORCAS website as well..
Thank you for your support! Heike
First record of killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in northern Norway suggest a multi-prey
heike vester1,2,3 and kurt hammerschmidt1
1Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Go¨ttingen, Germany, 2Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and
Self-Organization, Am Fassberg 17 37077 Go¨ttingen, Germany, 3Ocean Sounds, Hjellskjaeret, 8312 Henningsvaer, Norway
Occurrence of killer whales in Norway is linked to the migration of the herring population with most sightings during wintertime.
Here we describe the first record of North Atlantic killer whales feeding on Atlantic salmon inside a fjord in northern
Norway during summertime, thus adding an important factor in understanding the feeding ecology of North Atlantic killer
Marine Biodiversity Records, page 1 of 5. # Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2013
doi:10.1017/S1755267212001030; Vol. 6; e9; 2013 Published online
In 2013 we have some changes due to reduction in costs and focus on research:
- no whale watching or other nature boat excursion
- no fixed opening hours for our center in Henningsvaer, we can only open if we are not at sea, so people have to take the chance or call us in advance if they want to visit us and watch the whale slide show, only for a minimum charge of 750kr or 5 people.
- less activity on this website, news will only be written here on the English page
- no activity in Patagonia at the moment
I hope for your understanding, as soon as the financial situation will be better there will be more activity again, so don’t give us up!
Here are some events:
- Marine Mammal Biology course at the University in Bodø with field work during the first 2 weeks in August
- Visits of international and national scientists in May – June
- Master project on Atlantic White Sided Dolphins in cooperation with the University of Nordland in Bodø
- Two publication on the acoustic behavior of killer whales and long-finned pilot whales
Whales in the north:
At the moment the herring and with them orcas, humpback and fin whales are coming further south and close to Lofoten. there has been a huge gathering of herring and humpback whales in the fjord close to Tromsø all winter, and only did the orcas come close to land as well, probably whit another patch of herring that was offshore. now the whales are spread out from Tromsø to Andenes to Stø and Lofoten. unfortunately such closeness to land brings risk of entanglements and for a few days a humpback whale has been spotted outside Andenes entangled in fishing gear. it is the same problem that we had in 2005 when a male Orca got entangled in a standing fishing net out side Skrova inside the Vestfjord. it took us 5 hours to finally be bale to cut the rope loose, so the whale could swim free again. I wish the people in Andenes and my colleagues the same luck and endurance as we had then to free the humpback whale now.
We will start a brandnew Marine Mammal Course for students at the University in Nordland in Bodø in spring 2013!
The course will consist of 3 parts of lectures given in February and April 2013. The first two parts will cover Evolution, Biology and Distribution of Marine Mammals and their physiological and sensory Adaptation to the life at sea. The third part will focus on Communication, Behaviour, Social organisation & intelligence and field methods.
In June we will organise a 5 day field course in Henningsaver at Ocean Sounds, where students will learn the field methods both at sea and on land. Main lecturer will be Heike Vester / Ocean Sounds.