What you get:

  • A WDC adoption packet
  • A certificate of adoption
  • Whale updates throughout the year
  • To make a difference by protecting whales and dolphins
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Meet the whales Why adopt? What will you get? How much does it cost?

MEET THE WHALES

The whales each have their own unique personalities - click on the whale you'd like to adopt.

Each whale has their own unique personality and they're all incredible individuals with their own stories to tell. Whales are the largest animals on the planet but also among the most vulnerable. When you adopt a whale you will help to protect them all from the dangers they face such as whaling, vessel strikes, pollution, and fishing gear entanglements.

WDC researchers know these humpbacks individually through their natural markings and have constructed life histories (including familial ties) for these adoptable whales.

  • Reflection

    Reflection is definitely an image of beauty. An adult female and mother of three, she was named for her symmetrical fluke pattern, but it is her feeding ballet that makes her recognizable from a distance. Her face out of the water followed by a splash of her fluke is how she captures fish

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  • Colt

    Colt is a large mature male with an amazing sense of curiosity. Staying close, circling and diving under the boats, COLT has, literally, held audiences captive making many whale watch boats late back to the dock.

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  • Salt

    Salt is the movie star of whales and we are her paparazzi. She was first identified in 1975 and is one of the most distinguished and photographed humpback whales in the world. A mother of 12 known calves and a grandmother, she commands the respect of everyone who sees her.

    Adopt Salt now

  • Pepper

    Pepper, the "southpaw", is a mature female that was first identified in 1976. Like people, most humpbacks are "righties" but not Pepper and that's not the only trait that makes her stand out in the crowd. She's also kept two of her 10 calves with her for two years!

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  • Coral

    Coral is a mature male who perseveres in the face of adversity. Attacked by orcas as a newborn, he was only three years old when he lost his mother to a fishing gear entanglement, a fate he, fortunately, was able to survive as an adult.

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  • Crystal

    Crystal is Salt's first born and has 11 brothers and sisters. Never one to be shy, he is easily identified and has been sighted both in the southern breeding grounds of the West Indies and also in the northern feeding area of the Gulf of Maine.

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  • Mars

    Mars is a strong female aptly named after the Roman god of war. Scarred but not broken, MARS has eleven known calves and is an active grandmother, often seen breaching and socializing.

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  • Midnight

    Midnight, or "Ms. Petite", is a small mature female humpback, but don't let her modest size fool you. She is a very determined and productive whale. While she is often alone and focused, she has also been a doting mother to her eight known calves.

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  • Sirius

    Sirius, the strong, silent and complicated male. An entanglement scar on his tail stock bears witness to past struggles but he never lets on as he sometimes confidently approaches boats with a sense of curiosity or takes a deep dive and disappears.

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All images were obtained on vessels adhering to NOAA's Northeast Regional Whale Watching Guidelines

WHY ADOPT

Whales are highly intelligent, social and mysterious. But they face many dangers.

  • In the past more than 100,000 humpbacks were killed by whalers for their oil. Shockingly, despite the ban on commercial whaling, thousands of whales, including humpbacks are still slaughtered every year for their meat . Your whale adoption will enable us to fight until commercial whaling is consigned to the history books – for good.

  • You can support the important research, conservation and protection of whales and dolphins around the world by adopting a humpback whale. Learning more about these creatures, the environment in which they live, and the threats they face will greatly increase their chances of survival. Please help us create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

  • When you adopt a whale, you will be helping to fund our work protecting whales around the world including:

    • The work of WDC researchers who catalog and monitor humpback whales along the east coast.
    • WDC campaigners who ensure effective laws are in place to protect these remarkable creatures and give them a safer future.
    • The work of our talented and dedicated team. We work hard to keep your adopted whale safe and will update you on your humpback.

WHAT WILL YOU GET?

When you adopt a whale you will know that you have helped to protect these amazing creatures! Plus you'll receive these awesome items.

Regular updates

As well as your adoption packet, we'll update you regularly on what your adopted whale has been up to, and what your support is enabling us to achieve. You can also keep up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Standard Whale Adoption Pack - $50 minimum donation

    • A personalized certificate with a photograph of your adopted whale
    • An individual profile of your adopted whale
    • Fascinating facts and figures about humpback whales
    • A window decal/sticker
    • WDC newsletters including updates on where the adopted whales have been seen and how your adoption is helping to save whales and dolphins worldwide
  • Deluxe Whale Adoption Pack - $75 minimum donation

    • A personalized certificate with a photograph of your adopted whale
    • An individual profile of your adopted whale
    • Fascinating facts and figures about humpback whales
    • A window decal/sticker
    • WDC newsletters including updates on where the adopted whales have been seen and how your adoption is helping to save whales and dolphins worldwide
    • PLUS an exciting and educational DVD featuring WDC adoptable humpback whales
  • Don’t forget you can add a plush whale to any adoption for an additional $20 donation.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Protecting whales is priceless – however you play an active role by adopting a whale from as little as $50 a year.

  • Your adoption will help us protect your adopted whale and whales all over the world. On average 85% of the funds we raise go directly into our life-saving work to create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

  • As well as receiving a fantastic welcome pack, you can also keep up to date with our work through Facebook and Twitter.

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What you will receive:

  • A WDC adoption packet
  • A certificate of adoption
  • Whale updates throughout the year
  • The opportunity to make a difference by protecting whales and dolphins