With fewer than 600 North Atlantic right whales alive today, New England Aquarium researchers work tirelessly to study and protect this endangered species. Support these conservation efforts by sponsoring a right whale today.

The New England Aquarium has been at the forefront of right whale research since discovering a remnant population in the North Atlantic in 1980. By sponsoring a whale, you are helping our efforts to monitor right whale population status, habitat use, calving rates and migration patterns and supporting our continued hard work to direct effective management initiatives to save this threatened population. Sponsors also receive a variety of fun and fascinating right whale materials. In addition, you can also shop for special right whale-themed goods like t-shirts, books and a cuddly plush whale—all in support of our research!

Each tax-deductible donation from your sponsorship will go directly toward the yearly costs of field research and data analysis.

 

Meet the Whales

For each whale you sponsor, you'll receive a colorful information packet with details about the story behind your whale's name, favorite hangouts, family history and more.

Aphrodite (female, born 1987)

A mother and grandmother, Aphrodite is named after the goddess of love because her callosity pattern is sometimes heart-shaped.

Manta (male, born 1985)

Named for his upturned flukes, which resemble a swimming manta ray, Manta is an active participant in surface active groups.

Calvin (female, born 1992)

Orphaned at only 8 months, this mother was named for the spunky character in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.

Phoenix (female, born 1987)

A mother and a grandmother, a life-size model of her hangs in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Gemini (male, first seen 1979)

One of our oldest whales, Gemini has fathered at least three calves in the population. He’s named for twin scars on his back.

Shackleton (male, born 1994)

Named for the intrepid Antarctic explorer after a week-long adventure in the Delaware River as a yearling.

 

 

Benefits of Sponsorship

A right whale sponsorship makes a great gift for holidays, birthdays, weddings or any special occasion. A right whale sponsorship includes:

 
Sponsorship level
Benefit

Individual

$45

Family

$75

Classroom*

$100

Friend

$250

A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship
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Informational booklet about right whales, including personal biography and composite sketch
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One year subscription to Right Whale Research News (biannual color newsletter)
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Right whale research sticker(s)
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30
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Disappearing Giants, by Scott Kraus and Kenneth Mallory

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10% off coupon for the New England Aquarium Gift Shop
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15% off a New England Aquarium membership purchase

or renewal

 
 
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Plush right whale    
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Choice of plush right whale OR

T-shirt

 
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Plush North Atlantic right whale AND

T-shirt

   
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Signed copy of The Urban Whale, edited by

Scott Kraus and Rosalind Rolland

     

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*Classroom level receives a single plush right whale for the classroom, up to 30 certificates and stickers for students and access to Smithsonian In Your Classroom lesson "The Tale of a Whale."

 

Shop In Support of Right Whale Research

If you’re not ready to sponsor a whale or are looking for an additional right whale-themed t-shirt, book or plushy, most of these items can be purchased separately! Net proceeds from their sale go directly directly toward the yearly costs of field research and data analysis. And shipping is free!

Items available for purchase include:

  • Youth North Atlantic right whale t-shirts
    Colors: Caribbean blue and green apple
    Sizes: S, M, L, XL (see photo)
    • Adult Right Whale Research Team t-shirts
      Colors: Independence red, royal blue, heather gray
      Sizes: mens and womens S, M, L, XL (see photo)
  • Anatomically accurate plush right whale
    (perfectly huggable size of 12" long)
  • The Urban Whale, by Scott Kraus and Rosalind Rolland, features 18 multi-authored chapters written in a clear, accessible style. It provides a detailed account of the lives and challenges of right whales and includes many photos and illustrations. 576 pages (paperback)
  • Disappearing Giants, by Scott Kraus and Kennth Mallory, is a small-format book that tells the story of the North Atlantic right whale and the decades of efforts by scientists, managers and citizens to ensure this species’ survival. It is filled with interesting facts and lots of color photos. 48 pages (hardcover)

By purchasing these items or a sponsorship, you are helping to directly support the Aquarium's right whale research. Call 617-973-6582 or email rwhale@neaq.org to order or for more information.