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Adopt a humpback whale

Support the efforts of the Whales of Guerrero Research Project and Oceanic Society to protect whales in Mexico and ocean wildlife and habitats worldwide by adopting a humpback whale today. Your tax-deductible symbolic adoption provides needed support to our programs.

Adopt a Whale for a Year: $60

For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $60, you receive a personalized certificate of adoption with a color photograph of the whale of your choice and information about your whale. You will also receive email updates about your whale if we spot it again during the year of your adoption, and updates about the Whales of Guerrero Research Project.

Adopt a Whale for Two Years: $100

For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $100, you receive a personalized certificate of adoption with a color photograph of the whale of your choice and information about your whale. You will also receive email updates about your whale if we spot it again during the two years of your adoption, and updates about the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. Because female humpback whales give birth every 2-3 years on average and don't always travel to Mexico during non-breeding years, your two-year adoption improves the chances that you'll be the first to know if we spot your whale again.

Become the Patron of a Whale (and name it): $1,000

For a $1,000 tax-deductible donation you can become the patron of a whale and earn the right to give it a name. The whale's name will be published in the Whales of Guerrero's fluke identification catalog and shared with research partners and whale watching communities in the whale's pathway. You will receive a personalized certificate of patronship with a color photograph of the whale of your choice and information about your whale, and we will send you digital copies of any additional photographs that we may have of your whale. You will also go down in history as the person or group who has supported this whale's long-term wellbeing through your generous contribution.

Oceanic Society started the Adopt-A-Whale program in 1988 as a way for the public to become involved in and support whale research in California and beyond. Today, your adoptions benefit the Whales of Guerrero Research Project's efforts to study and protect humpback whales in a previously unstudied region of Guerrero, Mexico and support community development. Whales are studied using photo identification, a non-invasive technique that uses photographs of whale flukes to identify individual whales and generate information about whale abundance and distribution.

If you are looking for information about whales that were previously available for adoption and naming on our website, please visit our Emeritus Whale Adoptions page.

To Adopt a Whale:

Choose from the list below of humpback whales that are currently available for adoption and to be named. To adopt or name a whale, complete the form at the bottom of the page, or click on the picture of the whale you wish to adopt.

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ID: WGRP001

Nickname: Dragon

Patron: Glenelg Country School

Gender: Female

First sighted: 16 Jan 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: >5

Dragon, humpback whale ID WGRP001, was the very first whale in our Guerrero fluke identification catalog. She was seen on January 16, 2014 traveling in the company of a calf. We hope to see her again next year! Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP003

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Female

First sighted: 20 Jan 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: 9 (born winter 2005)

Humpback whale ID WGRP003 is the second whale for which we got a fluke ID and is the first one we matched to another catalog. We photographed her the day we saw her on January 20, 2014. When we traveled to visit our colleagues at Cascadia Research Collective in Seattle, we found out that humpback whale WGRP003 is no stranger to the research scientist’s telephoto zoom lens. Whale #003 was first spotted as a calf in 2005 in Moss Landing, California. Since then, she has been spotted and photographed 26 more times around Moss Landing and near the Farallon Islands. And so we know that this whale is now 9 years old. She had never been photographed in her winter mating grounds to our knowledge, so when we spotted her alone with a calf, we were able to add another piece to whale #003’s story – she’s a mother! Not only that, she is the mother of Kaplan Kids, a whale that has been known to Cascadia Research Collective since 1988 and was previously part of our adoptions program. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP010

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 5 Feb 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Humpback whale ID WGRP010 was first seen on February 5, 2014 traveling just outside of the city of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. There was a small group of rough toothed dolphins – a dolphin about which is little known – that seemed to be harassing this whale in some way. It was writhing around on the surface and acting "funny." We don’t know if this adult whale is a male or female, but it has enough distinctive markings on its tail and we have a good enough series of fluke ID photos that we should be able to find a match with another catalog if there’s another record of it out there! Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP018

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Likely male

First sighted: 14 Feb 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: >5

Humpback whale ID WGRP018 is probably a male, although we can’t know for certain unless we can see the underside of its belly or get a DNA sample. We suspect it is a male because it was traveling with a female whale and her calf, acting as what we call an "escort." Although female whales, which have a gestation period of 12 months, rarely become pregnant and give birth two years in a row, it is not uncommon to spot two adult whales and a baby traveling together for extended periods of time and, most of the time, the trio is comprised of a female, her calf, and a male. DNA samples of other similar groups show that the male is not the father of the calf. So why do adult male whales spend their time with non-receptive females when there are others they might have better luck with? We just don't know; maybe they’re trying to score points for next year. It’s another wonderful mystery of marine mammal science. The distinctive leopard spot pattern on this whale's tail will make it a fun one to try to spot again on the water next year and to look for matches in our colleagues’ catalogs. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP019

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Unknown

First sighted (in Mexico): 18 Feb 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: >11

Humpback whale ID WGRP019 was first identified by Cascadia Research Collective and photographed by John Calambokidis on September 1, 2003 just west of the Farallon Islands, and John photographed it again on September 13, 2010 in Monterey Bay, due west of Moss Landing. We don’t know whether this whale is a male or female, but now we know that it traveled to Mexico after leaving its California feeding grounds in 2014. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP021

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 24 Feb 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: 9 (born winter 2005)

Humpback whale ID WGRP021 whale was our first match with our colleagues to the south of us in Oaxaca and we were all so excited to confirm that the whales that visit Guerrero also travel further south and spend time in the state of Oaxaca. Now that we have a confirmed match between the two regions, we are looking forward to finding out how they travel between the two states. Our colleagues in Oaxaca took a DNA sample of this whale’s skin in 2012, so we will know more about it once the skin biopsy has been analyzed. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP023

Nickname: Ferdinand

Patron: Sandy High Aquanauts Club

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 7 March 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: >11

Meet Ferdinand, a beautiful white-fluked whale named by the Aquanauts Club of Sandy High School in 2014. Ferdinand is the first whale we have records of seeing in both Banderas Bay and Nicaragua, so we know this whale gets around! Ferdinand was first photographed in Banderas Bay on Valentine's Day 2003 and was seen in Banderas Bay again in December 28, 2008 with another adult whale. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP012

Nickname: Perlita

Patron: The Library of Barra de Potosí

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 6 Feb 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Humpback whale WGRP012, nicknamed Perlita, was seen by us in February 2014, traveling slowly by the Morros, a gorgeous outcropping of rocks about 2 kilometers from the shore where we run our study. This whale was traveling alone and we don’t know if it is a male or female. However, we have recently found a match for Perlita’s fluke in the Cascadia Research Collective’s catalog, and soon will have a map of the other places this whale has been spotted and maybe find out if it is a male or female. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP009

Nickname: Panfilo

Patron: Juan Carlos Solís Onofre & Cristofer Suestegui Reyes

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 31 Jan 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Humpback whale WGRP009, nicknamed Panfilo, has an exceptionally pretty fluke that is easy to spot with its classic black and white markings and raised edge on one side. We spotted Panfilo on the surface with two other whales on January 31, 2014 being very active. This is what is known as a courtship group, as the group was either 3 males beginning to compete for a female that was not present, or two males competing for a female that was present with them during that time. Courtship groups are exciting to observe, as you get to see fins, flukes, lots of blows, and body parts as the whales twist and writhe on the surface. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP004

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 23 Jan 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Beautiful humpback whale WGRP004 was seen traveling alone heading slowly south along "turtle beach," a 20-mile long stretch of deserted beach in our region where four species of sea turtles come to nest. It may or may not have been the whale we saw breaching just a half hour before we photographed its fluke. We are not sure yet whether this group of whales associates with the subgroup of north Pacific humpback whales that travel to Costa Rica, or if it was headed elsewhere. How humpback whales travel through these parts, where they rest, mate, court, calve, and sing are the big mysteries we are trying to solve. We hope to see whale #004 again next winter and will be looking for its fluke in catalogs of our colleagues in Oaxaca, Banderas Bay, and Washington in the meantime. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP024

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Unknown

First sighted: 19 Mar 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Humpback whale WGRP024 is one of the last whales we were able to photo ID at the end of our first season on the water. Whale WGRP024 has been seen before by researchers from Cascadia Research Collective, and we were able to identify it by searching for that tiny little white dot in the center of its tail to find a match between our two catalogs. Adopt me!

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ID: WGRP025

Nickname: Unnamed

Patron: To be determined

Gender: Female

First sighted: 19 Mar 2014

Age class: Adult

Age: Unknown

Humpback whale WGRP025 is the last whale we were able to photo ID during our pilot season in the state of Guerrero, Mexico in 2014. It was a mother, traveling north with her calf, most likely to Monterey Bay and the Gulf of the Farallones in California, but possibly to Baja, the Channel Islands, or far north to Oregon or Washington. We’ll be looking for matches between this tail and ones in the catalogs maintained by our colleagues in Washington, Baja, Puerto Vallarta, and Oaxaca to see if we can come up with a match and fill in the picture about this whale. Hopefully she and her calf survived the long journey north! Adopt me!

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