Safe Passage for Humpback Whales


ZULU Sailing Vessel and Crew


In March, S/V Zulu, 54’ John Alden design yawl out of Nantucket, MA, took to sea in waters off Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines to film sailing footage for CARIB Tails’ forthcoming safe boating video, “Safe Passage For Humpbacks”.  As reported by videographer, Lynn Rabren:  “All onboard were very excited to do their part for this worthy project, so with all this good karma out there, many of us were sure a whale would be sighted, but had to settle for a job well done. At least, we all know now what to do when that special opportunity arises in the future.”

Thanks to Eric Johnson
(owner/Capt. of S/V Zulu) and the video crew: Lynn Rabren, Jerry Simpson and "Lark"; and sailing crew for the excellent footage and spirited support for the project!

S/V Zulu crew (left to right): Lynn Rabren, Betsy Shay, John Corbett, Wendy Rosow, Jerry Simpson, “Lark”, Rob Norby, Cathy Barto Meyer, Eric Johnson (owner/Capt. of Zulu), Laurie Richards and Tom Kennelly.


Aquatic Adventures:

Thanks to Tom Conlin, owner of Aquatic Adventures in the Dominican Republic, has donated exquisite underwater and above surface video footage of mothers and calves, singers and rowdy groups for the video production, “Safe Passage for Humpback Whales”.  Tom writes:


“ I have had the privilege of spending 24 years observing humpbacks on Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic. The NOAA “Safe Passages” video will be a wonderful testimony for the 30th celebration of Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos de la República Dominicana, the 10th anniversary of our sister sanctuary partnership and “Salt’s” 40th anniversary—our Grand Dame!”


—a video for CARIB Tails’ yachters and citizen scientists
will be available Fall 2016. 

To request a copy please contact: Nathalie.Ward@noaa.gov

CARIB Tails Partners with Association Evasion Tropicale for Guadeloupe Humpback Whale Land-Based Survey

Each year in March and April, Association Evasion Tropical — a CARIB Tails outreach partner — organizes land-based surveys of our shared humpback whales for the local public in Guadeloupe, French West Indies. The poster includes telltale clues on how to recognize a humpback whale and shows migration patterns for humpbacks that winter off the Guadeloupe coast.

YARARI—SAFE HAVEN For Humpback Whales

The Caribbean Netherlands established the “Yarari” Marine Mammal Sanctuary (MMS) on September 1, 2015. “Yarari” is the fifth nation to become part of UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Program’s Marine Mammal Protected Areas Network (MaMPAN)’s Sister Sanctuary Program (SSP).

Yarari is a Taíno Indian word meaning ‘a fine place.’ The sanctuary encompasses the waters surrounding the islands of Saba and Bonaire, including the EEZ.  These areas, commonly defined as critical habitat for marine mammals, are of particular importance for the conservation of marine mammals and especially for breeding, calving, feeding, resting, and migration behaviors.

With the addition of “Yarari” MMS, the multi-sanctuary, science-based SSP has increased protection for humpbacks from 2,100 sq. km to 669,440 sq. km over the past eight years. For comparison, that is almost twice the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (362,073 sq. km.), the single largest fully protected conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world.