Adopt a Whale

BDRI researchers have identified and followed for over 30 individual whales of different species since 2016. As a way to contribute to our research and conservation work you can adopt one of the whales spotted in Galician waters. If you want to go a step further, you can even name your very own whale or dedicate it to a family member or friend.

 

Whale adoptions cost 100.00€ and are valid for one year. Whale naming costs 300.00€ and that name is then kept permanently. You will receive an Electronic Adoption Kit by email, as an eco-friendly and quick way to distribute these important documents. This also saves paper, envelopes and postage.

 

What is in your Electronic Adoption Kit? (electronic files including a video link and PDF downloads)

  • - Welcome letter and registration info
  • - A personalized official adoption certificate good for one year
  • - A PDF with the biography of your adopted whale with photographs
  • - Information Booklet with whale fact sheet and info about the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
  • - A video featuring whales around Galician waters (NW Spain).
  • - A subscription to an exclusive Facebook group "Guardians of marine biodiversity" where we will keep you regularly updated about your adopted dolphin and our research programs. You can also follow our Facebook page where we post regular updates about our research and conservation activities.

 

CHOOSE "YOUR WHALE"

Choose from three different species of whales (blue whale, fin whale, and humpback whale) studied by the BDRI with their own unique characteristics and identified by BDRI researchers in Galician waters (NW Spain). The whales available for adoption are recognized individually by their pattern of colouration and natural markings on their dorsal fin and/or flukes.

 

 

  1. Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Blue whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: BM-1

    Blue whales are the largest mammal known to have ever existed on Earth! BM-1 was the first blue whale ever identified in Spanish waters. She is about 25 m long and is found in these extremely rich waters between July and November to feed on large quantities of krill.

    Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Blue whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: BM-2

    BM-2 was the second blue whale identified in Spanish waters. She was photographed for the first time in October 2017. After our first encounter in open ocean waters off Cape Corrubedo (Coruña, Galicia) in October 2017, we found out that researchers in the Azores had seen her just two months before! Little is known about the migration patterns and general ecology of blue whales in the North East Atlantic. Your whale adoption will contribute to our efforts in studying these gentle giants.

    Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Fin whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: BP-1

    BP-1 is a fin whale, the second largest animal on Earth and can weigh as much as 10 large elephants! Fin whales also have a very unique asymmetric coloration pattern: their left jaw is dark grey/black and their right jaw is white. BP-1 is a special whale because scientists consider that is a hybrid between a fin and a blue whale! Little is known about the hybrids of both species in our oceans. Your whale adoption will contribute to our efforts in studying these gentle giants.

    Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Fin whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: BP-2

    BP-2 is a fin whale photographed for the first time in Galician waters in 2017. We identify them by looking at their dorsal fin shapes and nicks and looking at unique coloration patterns. BP-2 is special because is the first fin whale identified with vitiligo (the same skin disorder than the singer Michael Jackson had). Little is known about whales diseases and general ecology of fin whales in the oceans. Your whale adoption will contribute to our efforts in studying these gentle giants.

    Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Humpback whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: MN-1

    MN-1 is the first humpback whale identified by the BDRI in Galician waters in 2017. Humpback whales have small humped dorsal fins and are often identified by the coloration pattern on the ventral side of their flukes. Little is known about the presence of humpback whales in Galician waters. Your whale adoption will contribute to our efforts in studying these gentle giants.

    Adopt a whale

    SPECIES: Humpback whale

    NAME: no name assigned (you can give a name)

    ID-Code: MN-2

    MN-2 is a young humpback whale photographed for the first time in Galician waters in 2018. We identify MN-2 by the shape and nicks of her flukes by looking at her unique coloration patterns. MN-2 is a very playful whale and graced us with many beautiful moments and many dives showing us her fluke.

 

Your symbolic adoption enables us to carry out research and educational projects that contribute to the knowledge and conservation of whales.

 

To adopt a whale choose which of these special whales you would like to adopt or name and send an email at info@thebdri.com

If you would like the adoption to be for someone else please let us know in your email.

 

Adoptions can be made by bank transfer in Euros with additional bank expenses included to:


Bank name: BANCO SANTANDER
Bank address: Pablo Iglesias, 2 - 36980 - Grove (O) - Pontevedra, SPAIN
Account holder: BDRI
BIC (BANK INDENTIFICATION CODE): BSCHESMMXXX
IBAN: ES4900492753192194063383

 

    The Electronic Adoption Kit is produced directly by the BDRI biologists, which means that all the profits go directly to the research effort where they are most needed. Please allow 36-48 hours to receive your electronic adoption kit.

 

YOUR ADOPTION REALLY HELPS

  • All funds we receive through our Adopt a Whale program go solely towards marine research and conservation programs.
  • Our scientific data are used by the scientists to help manage marine ecosystems and to ensure Galician waters (NW Spain) remain a safe place for whales for many years to come.
  • By adopting a dolphin you are making a choice to become a guardian for marine biodiversity and will get to know and follow an individual whale.
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