With fewer than 500 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.

The Right Whale Research Program, started in 1980 to study the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, is one of the longest continuously running whale research and conservation programs in the world. Our mission is to conserve this critically endangered whale by decreasing the threat of entanglement, reducing the risk of ship strikes, and increasing our knowledge about how and where right whales live. We work with scientists, government agencies, the shipping industry, and commercial fishing interests to find ways to assure the continued survival of the North Atlantic right whale.

You can help our efforts by participating in the Right Whale Sponsorship Program. Tax-deductible sponsorships are available at many different levels and all of our sponsorship packages include full color informational booklets, the hardcover book “Disappearing Giants,” 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. Phoenix (female, born 1987)

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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:

 Benefit  Individual $45  Family $75  Classroom* $100  Friend $250

A photo of your whale with a certificate of sponsorship







Informational full-color booklet about right whales, including sponsored whale’s personal biography and composite sketch







One-year subscription to Right Whale Research News (biannual color newsletter)







Right Whale Research Program sticker(s)







Up to 30




“Disappearing Giants” book, by Scott Kraus and Kenneth Mallory







10%-off coupon for the Aquarium Gift Shop







Plush right whale




Choice of plush right whale OR T-shirt




Plush North Atlantic right whale AND T-shirt




Signed copy of “The Urban Whale” book, edited by
Scott Kraus and Rosalind Rolland


*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 sales go directly toward the yearly costs of field research, data analysis, and professional collaborations. And U.S. shipping is free!

Items available for purchase include:

  • 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 (pictured), sizes: men’s and women’s S, M, L, XL
  • Anatomically accurate plush right whale in the perfectly huggable size of 12 inches long. (pictured)
  • “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 (pictured)
  • “Disappearing Giants,” by Scott Kraus and Kenneth 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 the survival of this species. It is filled with interesting facts and lots of color photos. 48 pages, hardcover (pictured)
  • A year’s subscription to our biannual color newsletter, Right Whale Research News. Read or download past issues of our newsletter. (one issue pictured)

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.

array of right whale sponsorship materials
Sponsorship materials are also available for purchase.