Sponsored Right Whales

The right whale sponsorship program makes a great gift and supports our Right Whale Research Project.

Sponsored whales map

Sponsored whales locations. Click to view larger map.

With a tax deductable contribution of $45, you will receive:

Higher sponsorship levels also receive:


To learn more about the sponsored right whale program, click here.

Meet the sponsored whales...

Starry Night   Shackleton
Starry Night   Shackleton

Starry Night is an adult male. The many white scars and dots on this whale's black body reminded researchers of the night sky, so they named him Starry Night. He is frequently seen in courtship groups and, with the development of new genetic techniques, we may soon know which calves he has fathered. Support Starry Night today. (Photo / S. Parks, WHOI)


Shackleton is a male born in 1994. Named after the intrepid Antarctic explorer, Shackleton the whale caused quite a commotion when he ventured up the Delaware River to Camden, NJ. During this adventure he was struck by a tug boat, but he survived his ordeal and is now seen regularly on the Bay of Fundy feeding grounds. Support Shakelton today. (Photo / NEAq)

Piper   Snowball
Piper   Snowball

Piper is an adult female. She was first seen in 1993 and at the time was already at least two years old. She was named for a scar on her flank that looks like a small airplane, such as the Piper Cub. She had been entangled twice in a 12-year period, but was seen in April 2005 free of gear. She was sighted with her first calf in January 2006. Support Piper today. (Photo / NEAq)


Snowball is an adult male. He got his name from a unique scar above his left lip that resembles a big white snowball. We do not know what caused this scar, but it does make him easy to identify, even from a distance. Snowball has been seen in habitats where only a few right whales are documented yearly, such as Jeffrey's Ledge off the coast of New Hampshire and in the waters off Long Island. Support Snowball today. (Photo / Whale Center of New England)

Calvin   Phoenix
Calvin   Phoenix

Calvin is a female born in 1992. This whale was orphaned at the very early age of 8 months. She went on to survive an entanglement and, on December 30, 2004, she was sighted with her first calf. She was named (before her sex was known) for the spunky little character in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip because she exhibited similar traits to the youngster: cleverness, perseverance and adaptability. Support Calvin today. (Photo / NEAq)


Phoenix is a female born in 1987 and is a mother and grandmother. In 1997 she was entangled in fishing gear but managed to escape. She was named for the mythical bird that burned but rose from the ashes. Phoenix has survived a serious entanglement and "returned" from almost certain doom with only a distinctive lip scar to show for her two-year ordeal. Support Phoenix today. (Photo / NEAq)


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