New England Aquarium
North Atlantic Right Whale Sponsorship Program

Conservation Inspired by Research

There are fewer than 400 right whales in the North Atlantic. You can make a difference in the recovery of this species!

Started in 1980, the Right Whale Research Program of the New England Aquarium is one of the longest continuously running whale programs in the world. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly into defraying the yearly costs of field research and data analysis. For more information please visit

To sponsor a right whale, choose one of the six whales and the level of your sponsorship on the form. Anyone—children, parents, community organizations, school classes or clubs can sponsor a whale. A right whale sponsorship also makes a great gift for holidays, birthdays, weddings, or any special occasion.

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Meet the Whales!

starynightStarry Night, 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.
Photo / S. Parks, WHOI 

shakeltonShackleton, male born in 1994.
Named after the intrepid Antarctic explorer, Shackleton 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.
Photo / NEAq

Piper, adult female.
Piper 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, like the popular 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.
Photo / NEAq

snowballSnowball, adult male.
Snowball got his name from a very 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.
Photo / Whale Center of New England

CalvinCalvin, female born in 1992.
Calvin 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 is named for the comic strip character from Calvin and Hobbes because she exhibited similar traits to the youngster in the comic cleverness, persistence, friskiness and the strength to survive. 
Photo / NEAq

PhoenixPhoenix, female born in 1987.
Phoenix 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.
Photo / NEAq

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