Adopt A Whale For Xmas



BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal stranding program, Allied Whale, if offering a chance to adopt a whale this holiday season.

This  humpback whale called Siphon is among those being research by COA scientists. — COA
This humpback whale called Siphon is among those being research by COA scientists. — COA

 

The Adopt-a-Whale program supports the research Allied Whale – work that has captured the imagination of thousands of caring and informed people around the globe, both young and old. A $40 donation to Allied Whale includes a photograph and brief history of an individual whale (or mother and calf pair for $50), along with an book about whales in the North Atlantic.

The photographs and materials are created by Allied Whale researchers as a direct result of their studies. The entire Adopt-A-Whale package includes: a 5×7 photograph of your humpback or fin whale (your choice, or $50 for a mother and calf with two photographs); a personal certificate of adoption and a brief history of your whale and its sightings; the beautiful and accessible 70-page book, “Discovering Whales of the East Coast;” a colorful and durable portable field guide, “The Allied Whale Guide to Marine Mammals of the North Atlantic;” Allied Whale’s annual newsletter; and an exclusive embroidered patch.

COA has been at the forefront of large whale research and conservation since 1973 when it established a whale research station at the Mount Desert Rock lighthouse station, 25 miles off the coast of Maine. Researchers pioneered the use of photography to identify and track whales throughout their lives. Since then, photo-identification has become the most important and widely used research technique for whale biologists around the world.

Humpback and fin whales were significantly targeted by 20th-century whalers. More than half a million fin whales were taken during the 1950s alone. Today, as depleted populations slowly recover, the whales must cope with the environmental threats of the 21st century.

Habitat loss throughout the whales’ range is linked to commercial shipping and fishing, climate change and pollution. Additionally, the fin whale is still commercially hunted. Allied Whale’s scientists and students are driven by a deep sense of urgency to understand and protect these endangered animals and their oceanic environment.

Allied Whale established and maintains the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog, North Atlantic Fin Whale Catalog and the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog, archiving tens of thousands of research images of whales. This work allows researchers to follow the life history, migration patterns, population dynamics and ecology of generations of whales. Allied Whale also carries on genetic studies of the whales that regularly return to feed off the coast of Maine and Eastern Canada. To adopt a whale, or for more information on Allied Whale or the Adopt-A-Whale program, visit www.alliedwhale.org, or call 288-0288.

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