Adopt a Whale
The time left for the whales depends on us... prevent them from being history.
Adopt a Whale and support the Instituto de Conservacion de Ballenas (Whale Conservation Institute) to continue with the Southern Right Whale Research and Conservation Program in Argentina.
About the Adoption Program
By adopting a Whale in the Parent category you will receive :
Whale 13/71 comes from a very prolific family. Serena is one of the first known daughters of whale 13, one of the first right whales photo identified in Peninsula Valdes in 1971. Whale 13 has had at least 9 calves since she was first observed by our investigators. Serena was born in 1971, so she will be 40 in 2011! Until now we know 8 calves from this whale, they all are granddaughters and grandsons of whale 13. Our records show us that she delivered calves in 1984 and then again in 1986. This 2 year gap(instead of the usual 3 year gap) between deliveries tells us that the calf born in 1984 most probably died during the first few months. If this were so, Serena had time to regain her fat storage faster and thus was ready to conceive and produce another calf sooner than normal. Our long term data base has allowed us to demonstrate that during those years there was a decrease in the amount of right whale calves registered in Peninsula Valdes, coinciding with a climatic variation called "El Niño".
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Victoria was photographed for the first time in Peninsula Valdes in 1972. Thanks to the continuous monitoring of this whale population, we have kept records about her for over 3 decades. We also know many details about her life's history and that of her calves too. One of them, born in 2001 was baptized "Garra" after starring in an incident in 2002 when she was trapped amongst the anchor chains of a catamaran in Puerto Pirámide. She was rescued with help from all the community. As a result, September 25th was declared National Whale Day in Argentina.
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We know Docksider from birth, but in 1989 we were surprised when we saw her near the dock of an aluminum plant in Puerto Madryn. Its name in English just means "next to the dock." Very few whales have such distinctive patches as the one Docksider has on her back, which allows us to recognize her very easily. In 2005 Docksider has a beautiful female calf named Luna. In the photograph of the Adoption Certificate, Moon can be seen stroking the back of his mother with her chin, while she lies in the San Jose Gulf with their pectoral fins and tail touching the sandy bottom. Docksider's first calf, named Espuma, and her mother Antonia also participate in this Program.
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Espuma was born in Peninsula Valdes in 1994 and is Docksider's first calf. When Espuma was about one year old, Docksider brought him back to Península Valdes coastal waters to wean him and let him learn to manage by himself in the protection. Like the majority of juveniles, Espuma was curious and when he was not playing with seaweed or twirling with other juveniles or with other mothers and their newborn calves. He devoted himself to investigate the whale watching boats in front of Puerto Pirámide. He got so close that many captains got to know him very well. In fact, a book was even written about him!.
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Mochita is the youngest whale of our Adoption Program, since she was born in 1999. Mochita is an important protagonist of the study on social behavior of this population's juvenile right whales. She is a very sociable whale, and particularly seemed to enjoy the company of other females of her age, with whom we saw her on several occasions. Mochita owes her name to the fact that she is missing the right end of her caudal fin, as you can see on the photograph of the adoption certificate, where she is slowly swimming along with her mother. Now you can adopt Mochita and her calf born in 2006 by participating in the Family Category.
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Troff is one of the first whales that Dr. Roger Payne identified in 1970 when it launched the Southern Right Whale Research Program. This is why Troff is the main lady of our studies. During the '70s, she was one of the most frequently observed whales. Since 1981, we had more records of this huge right, so we think that something would have happened to her. However, when comparing the identification catalog of whales in Argentina with the ones in southern Brazil, we had the great surprise of finding Troff again! She was seen there in 1988 with a new calf, and in 1994 without calf.
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Antonia is a beautiful whale, with attractive white patches on his back. She has had 6 brothers and sisters born in the peninsula since 1971 (we do not know the sex of every one of them). Although none of them have white patches, two of Antonia's calves have some. This shows that this type of patches are hereditary and can be transmitted to the descents. The photograph of the adoption certificate shows Antonia with her calf Docksider who is also in the Adoption Program.