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AGREEMENT FOR THE PROVISION OF GEOREFERENCED DATA

Between the undersigned :

Shelltone Whale Project, association of law 1901.

Represented by its President, Mr Pierre Lavagne de Castellan

And 

The Marine Protected Areas Agencya national public institution of an administrative nature.

having its registered office at

16 quai de la douane, BP 42932

29229 BREST CEDEX 2

Over the last few years, the Agoa sanctuary has collected a certain amount of data on cetaceans. These data have been acquired by the sanctuary (via various campaigns at sea, the installation of acoustic tags as well as the collection of opportunistic data, etc.) but also by local actors (associations, research consultancies, private groups, etc.).

A more detailed study of these data has revealed feeding, resting and socialising areas for several marine mammal species. With the aim of obtaining more robust results, the Agency is asking the Shelltone Whale Project to make use of its data and knowledge on the subject. This project will be carried out within the framework of a master?s degree course that will start in January.

This information, assembled in databases, is then analysed and stored at the Marine Protected Areas Centre, and these observations will eventually provide a visual of the state of affairs in the part of the sanctuary where the Shelltone Whale Project operates, the leeward coast of Guadeloupe, from Deshaies to Basse Terre.

The Agoa sanctuary is a marine protected area dedicated to marine mammals in the French West Indies.

The objective of the Agoa sanctuary is to guarantee a favourable conservation status for marine mammals by protecting them and their habitats from the direct or indirect, proven or potential negative impacts of human activities.

The Agoa sanctuary carries out actions aimed at better understanding and protecting marine mammals and their habitats while promoting harmonious cohabitation between human activities and animals.

These actions are in line with the overall objective of the sanctuary and its main principles of action: limitation of negative interactions, limitation of pollution, knowledge, information and public awareness, development of monitoring means, cooperation.

CONFERENCES

1 FEBRUARY 2020: WORLD ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE DAY

CITÉ DES SCIENCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE, PARIS AT 6PM

THE SONGS OF THE WHALES, LECTURE AND CONCERT BY PIERRE LAVAGNE DE CASTELLAN

Research Director of the Shelltone Whale Project, Pierre Lavagne de Castellan spoke about whale song: why do they sing, what are the hypotheses, is it possible for humans to communicate with whales, what is the current state of research? In the second part, he played the ShelltoneHe plays the instrument he developed with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Stanford University in California to communicate with humpback whales. He plays to the accompaniment of whale songs that he himself recorded during his research into interspecies communication. This unique creation will reproduce the exchange that exists today between humans and cetaceans through music.

Co-organised with the support of the Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie.

Here is the very interesting video of his speech in full (59 min)

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PUBLICATIONS

Animals are much more intelligent than we ever thought? Regularly, discoveries are made that shed light on their sensitivity, their capacity for emotion, their generosity, their solidarity and, dare we say it, their wisdom.
Seven brilliant minds with exceptional backgrounds take us into the fascinating world of animal intelligence. Thanks to them, you will discover the incredible powers of whale song, which boosts the protein content of plankton, and you will see, with the bonobos, that laughter is not unique to humans. You will understand that you can manage a team by taking inspiration from schools of fish. You will see that ants invented agriculture long before humans did.
These examples, and many others, show us that the supremacy of man over animals is a pure fiction and that, better still, animals are perhaps the salvation of humanity through their capacity for survival and adaptation.

Let us reinvent our relationship with animals, our survival depends on it!

This book is available here :  Larousse

INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES IN POINTE À PITRE AND THE SHELLTONE WHALE PROJECT

From 30 January to 24 February 2017:

We welcome Ms Océanne Amaya Cipollini, a student in L3 life and earth sciences, biology of organisms and ecosystems.

Internship subject: photo identification and acoustic observation of cetaceans, ethology and study of marine mammals in the Agoa sanctuary, from Deshaies to Basse Terre.

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Océanne and Léa at work on the Sec Nord, opposite Baille Argent.

From 15 January to 9 February 2018:

We work with Aurélie Martineau, a student in L3 of BOE (Biology of Organisms and Ecosystems) in Guadeloupe.

Internship subject: Implementation of geo-referenced data on cetaceans of the leeward coast of Guadeloupe, study of the bio-acoustic tool, acoustic identification of species and their behaviour in their environment.

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Aurélie at work in the Agoa sanctuary.

LECTURES ON BOARD THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SHIP OCEAN STAR

Regularly, the university ship Ocean Star anchors in Deshaies, and the Seamester organisation programmes a conference on the research of the Shelltone Whale Project presented to American students of marine biology by Pierre Lavagne de Castellan.

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PRESS AND TESTIMONIALS

Télérama, article by Emmanuel Tellier :
Pierre Lavagne de Castellan, the man who sings like a whale

France Inter, Anne Pastor?s column:
The song of the whales

France Antilles of 16/02/15 :
France Antilles

Radio Nova:
Novaplanet

Neoplanet :
Neoplanet

Interview Post Neoplanet conference :
Interview

Pierre Lavagne de Castellan University lecture on animal intelligence :
Conference

TESTIMONY OF HEATHER HARDING, MARINE BIOLOGIST, MAUI, MAWAII.

Hello, Pierre,

Your legacy lives on here in Maui. At the last Whaledreamer meeting I had the Shelltone that you gave me and I told your story. People who hadn't heard of it were fascinated and inspired.

I don't know if you realise how inspiring this is for people.

The act of creating something, putting your heart, soul and passion into it without expecting anything in return is in itself a powerful act.

The whales seem to encourage this kind of attitude on our part.

We may not know why we do what we do, but we can believe that there is a reason. It is so important that we do this kind of thing more and more, to help balance and heal this world that is sick from the actions of people driven by greed and selfishness, in that your example is valuable.

I love the Shelltone you gave me. Thank you very much, I cherish it and with it I tell your story to all the people I meet on my whale trips, to the students in my classes and at Whaledreamers meetings.

I hope you know how valuable your project is to so many people.

Heather Harding . Marine biologist. Maui ? Hawaii ? USA

 

W.H.A.L.E

WHALE SONGS - 43 Min.

Recorded 10 miles off Baille Argent on 26 April 2016. We are convinced that there is a message in this song. Enjoy your listening!

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