With fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales alive today, our researchers work tirelessly to study and protect this endangered species. Support these conservation efforts by sponsoring a right whale today.

Tax-deductible sponsorships are available at many different levels and all of our sponsorship packages include full color informational booklets, an informational book about whales, a one-year subscription to our biannual newsletter, Right Whale Research News, stickers, and a coupon to the New England Aquarium Gift shop. Each sponsorship is tax deductible and 100% of your sponsorship dollars directly supports our Right Whale Research Program.

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!

Meet the Whales

  1. right whale head at surface

    Aphrodite (female, born 1987)

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

  2. right whale named manta

    Manta (male, born 1985)

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

  3. right whale named calvin

    Calvin (female, born 1992)

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

  4. right whale named gemini

    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.

  5. right whale named shackelton

    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:

right whale publications

  1. Individual ($45)

    • A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship
    • An informational, full-color booklet about right whales, including your sponsored whale’s personal biography and composite sketch.
    • A one-year subscription to Right Whale Research News (our biannual newsletter)
    • Right Whale Research Program sticker
    • An informational book about whales
    • A coupon for 10% off at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop
  2. Family ($75)

    • A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship
    • An informational, full-color booklet about right whales, including your sponsored whale’s personal biography and composite sketch.
    • A one-year subscription to Right Whale Research News (our biannual newsletter)
    • Four Right Whale Research Program stickers
    • An informational book about whales
    • A coupon for 10% off at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop
    • Choice of a plush right whale OR a T-shirt
  3. Classroom ($100)

    • A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship
    • An informational, full-color booklet about right whales, including your sponsored whale’s personal biography and composite sketch.
    • A one-year subscription to Right Whale Research News (our biannual newsletter)
    • Up to 30 Right Whale Research Program stickers
    • An informational book about whales
    • A coupon for 10% off at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop
    • Plush right whale

    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.”

  4. Friend ($250)

    • A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship
    • An informational, full-color booklet about right whales, including your sponsored whale’s personal biography and composite sketch.
    • A one-year subscription to Right Whale Research News (our biannual newsletter)
    • Eight Right Whale Research Program stickers
    • An informational book about whales
    • A coupon for 10% off at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop
    • Plush right whale AND a T-shirt
    • Signed copy of “The Urban Whale” book, edited by Anderson Cabot Center Scientists Drs. Scott Kraus and Rosalind Rolland

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 plush—most  items can be purchased separately! Net proceeds from their sales go directly toward the yearly costs of field research, data analysis, and professional collaborations. Shipping is free within the U.S.!  Items available for purchase include:

  1. T-shirts

    • Youth North Atlantic right whale T-shirts in Caribbean blue and green apple. Sizes: S, M, L, XL
    • Adult Right Whale Research Team T-shirts in independence red, royal blue, heather gray. Sizes: men’s and women’s S, M, L, XL
  2. Plush

    • Anatomically accurate plush right whale in the perfectly huggable size of 12 inches long.
  3. Books

    • “The Urban Whale,” edited 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.
  4. Subscription

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