With fewer than 425 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!

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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.

  6. Right whale named Resolution

    Resolution (male, born 2005)

    Born off the coast of Florida on New Year’s Day, his was the first right whale birth ever observed by researchers.

  7. Right whale named Boomerang

    Boomerang (female, born 1995)

    Her first calf was born in 2006 and she has had three more calves since then. She is named for the boomerang-shaped scar on her tail.

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 sponsorship package

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.!

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.