Sponsor a Whale
You can make a difference for whales and their essential ecosystem with the Sponsorship of a Humpback Whale today.
What a fabulous way to show that you care about whales or as gift for the whale lover in your life. 100% of your contribution will support the critical research necessary for the protection of whales.
With a Donation of $100 you will receive the following package
- Personal Sponsorship Certificate with your whales name, photo and biography
- A selection digital recordings featuring the famous humpback whale songs and different orca dialects
With a donation of $75 you will receive the following package
- Personal Sponsorship Certificate with your whales name, photo and biography
How to Sponsor a Whale
The whales available for sponsorship are listed below! Once you choose the whale you would like to sponsor, you can then make your donation through our website or by cheque.
Sponsor a whale through our website by following the 'Sponsor a Whale' link below. Please include your email address and the name of the whale that you would like to sponsor when prompted in the donation page.
To sponsor a whale by cheque, please make your check payable to the North Coast Cetacean Society. A tax receipt will be emailed to you shortly so please be sure we have your address.
Please mail the cheque and the name of the whale you would like to sponsor to the following address:
North Coast Cetacean Society
235 Spearfish Road
Qualicum Beach, BC
If you have any questions please send us an email.
Thank you for your kind donation to BC Whales!
Whales available for sponsorship
Adidas - BCY0430
Adidas has been seen every year since 2004; a true resident to this area. Adidas is a social whale, seldom seen alone unless resting. In 2011, Adidas, with a few other juvenile humpback whales, formed their own bubble net feeding group. This is the first time that a second group has formed in these rich diverse waters. Adidas is also very well known for playing with young sea lions and is seen through the entire season, from spring to late fall.
Amy - BCX0711
Amy is almost always seen with Hook in either the bubble net feeding group or as a traveling companion. Amy is the most commonly seen whale in this area. She was named after a very dear young girl who is the daughter of a friend who has been supportive of protecting this coast for years.
Bullet - BCX0720
Bullet is also a member of the feeding group and was given this name due to the large hole in his left fluke. We do hope that this was not actually caused by a bullet. Bullet is a whale that we generally sight in the spring feeding season and well into the fall -- when posturing groups form. We do not know yet if this whale is male or female.
Caamano - BCX0121
Caamano is part of the large humpback feeding group and is often seen traveling with Smiley, another female. Caamano arrived with her first calf in 2008,again in 2011 and 2014. Upon arrival, Caamano spent her first week feeding with the bubble net group. For the remainder of the season she was seen with only her extremely active calf by her side. We believe she initially fed with the large group to quickly re-store her depleted fat cells from a long winter of little food and daily nursing of her calf. She was named Caamano, as this was the location in which she was first sighted.
Cheetah - BCX0427
We were actually quite surprised when Cheetah arrived with her first calf in 2010. A large percentage of females in our research area spend majority of their time alone. Cheetah does not fit this profile; she is often sighted in the company of other humpbacks. Even when she is with a calf she is often in close proximity of other whales -- if not directly part of the group. Her first calf was one of the very playful, entertaining many with a series of breaches and tail slaps.
Cloudy - BCY0108
Cloudy plays a vital role in the large feeding group and is one of the best flukers we have up here. Like Web, Cloudy’s tail stands so tall in the air, just waiting for us to take a picture. We are pretty certain that Cloudy is one of the more vocal whales in our research, with a presence in the region dating back to at least 2004.
Comet - BCX0303
Comet is only seen a few times a year, and each time, appears traveling alone. She arrived in 2009 with her first calf and was seen again, in late 2011, with a second calf, and a third os 2014. Her markings remind us of the night sky -- hence the name Comet. She is an extremely shy whale and quite cautious of boats. For this reason, we do not spend much time with her and respect her need for privacy.
Coste - BCZ0254
Coste is one of the few whales we have observed bubble net feeding solo and vocalizing at the same time. For us, this is a rare opportunity to derive an acoustic fingerprint’ on an individual whale. With this type of data, we are hopeful that it will one day be possible to identify humpbacks by sound alone through the hydrophone network. Coste is often seen in late fall, feeding with other whales. We have never seen Coste in a posturing group and are still unsure if this whale is male or female.
Cross - BCY0189
Cross is a female who arrived with her calf in 2008. The calf had either been injured by a boat or had scoliosis; sadly we are still not sure if the calf survived. She was one of the last females we saw in the winter of 2011, indicating she may arrive with a new calf in 2012. To our delight in late spring of 2012 she was sighted with yet another very healthy calf that she brought right the side of our research vessel.
Ivory - BCZ0071
Our first encounter withIvory will always be a cherished memory. He had come right to the boat and just floated beside us. Though we could not see his face, we felt as though he was looking through the water directly at us. The contact was truly mesmerizing. He was given his name for the obvious color of his outstanding tail.
Flower - BCY0037
It is the small flower seen in the left fluke that gave this whale her name. We are certain this whale will be a resident as she is often seen in a number of posturing groups. She was seen in the early winter of 2009 from the deck of Cetacea Lab. Sure enough, she arrived back in 2010 with her first calf, perhaps the most playful calf we have encountered so far. She was only seen a few times in 2011, each time on her own. We did not see her for a few years, until 2015 to our delight she was seen once again with a robust calf by her side.
Hook - BCX0083
Hook is always seen as part of the large feeding group at the beginning of each season. In early fall, Hook and another resident whale, Amy, are always seen together. We are not sure what the relationship is between these 2 whales, except that it is a very strong bond. In 2011, neither whale was sighted in our study area. This was the first year we had not seen them return from their winter migration. We were all quite concerned. In 2012, they were once again sighted with the large feeding group; to say we were relieved would be an understatement. We ourselves have become quite attached to these companions! We wonder if they were both first-time mothers and, for reasons we do not understand, travelled elsewhere last season. Whatever the reason, we were both thrilled and relieved to observe them together once again, in Caamano Sound.
Jupiter - BCY0092
We are quite certain that Jupiter plays a dominant role in the large feeding group. On occasion we have seen this whale during the fall months but never in a posturing group. Jupiter is extremely social and we sometimes wonder if Jupiter is an older female past her reproductive years. She was given this name due to the design in her fluke that looks just like the planet Jupiter.
Loner - BCX0375
You can imagine how this whale was given her name; yes, she is often seen alone! Loner is also one of the few whales we have seen that bubble net feeds on her own. In 2008, we were delighted when she arrived with her first calf. It was wonderful to watch, as this little one never left her side. Since then we have noticed that she has become more social with the younger community of juvenile humpback whales. In the early winter of 2011, she was seen with other humpback whales lunge feeding in nearby Verney Pass. This late departure indicates she may be pregnant, and thus foraging for as long as possible before facing the long migration back to the calving grounds in the tropics. Yes, she arrived in 2012 with a new calf, then again in 2015!
Notch - BCX0049
Notch is usually the first and last whale we see each year, embodying the concept of “seasonal resident.” She arrived with a calf in 2004 and again in 2009. We witnessed just what a good mother she is, when a pod of orca passed by close to her calf one day. She immediately rushed to her calf’s side and became extremely defensive. The orca moved on very quickly. Notch is the whale in this website who appears with a small calf by her side. To our dismay in 2015 Notch lost her calf mid-season, we are not sure why. She spent days just floating, until another female arrived by her side and they travelled together towards the south. We are hopeful she will arrive with a new calf in 2017.
Ox - CSX0006
Ox was given this name, not only because the tips of his tail reminded us all of an ox, but due to his robust and curious behaviour. We were getting reports from a number of different boaters of a whale that was constantly swimming beside their vessel, lying on his side, rolling, and just hanging around for great lengths of time. We were sent a video, in fact, which allowed us to identify the whale. It was not a surprise to see that it was Ox. We had our own memorable experience with this whale when he ‘spy hopped’ (meaning the head comes right out of the water) right beside our boat and engaged in direct eye contact with our dog, Neekas. After his dog encounter, Ox did a number of triumphant tail slaps.
Salmon - BCX1228
Salmon is a young whale we often see playing with groups of sea lions and humpback calves. We are not certain but speculate that such curiosity towards younger whales indicates that Salmon is female. Time will tell all. Note the large nick on the right trailing edge of the fluke. The name Salmon was given because on at first glance, we thought her right fluke resembled a Native drawing of a salmon.
Sling - BCX1224
Sling is often seen in the company of young juveniles or a mother and calf group. The most common behaviour this young whale displays is playfulness; either rolling in kelp or producing a wide variety of tail slaps in the presence of sea lions. We are not sure if Sling is male or female, though we personally would assume female due to this young whale’s curiosity and attentiveness to young calves. Sling is easy to identify due to the large divot in the right fluke, which was most likely caused by the prop of a boat. Sling is a true resident, often seen throughout the entire season from spring till late fall. In 2015 Sling arrived with her first calf - we were thrilled!!
Triangle - BCZ0053
Triangle is also one of the most commonly seen mothers in this area; the three dots on her fluke form her namesake. She is also one of the easiest whales to photograph. When she flukes, her entire tail and tailstock are positioned straight up, as if reaching for the sky. It is as though she is holding it there for our cameras! Triangle was seen with a calf in 2007, 2010 and 2014. All calves had a very white fluke similar to hers.
River - BCY0474
River is definitely an intriguing resident whale. She is usually seen on her own, traveling close to the shore, rolling in the abundance of kelp beds along the way. She can be easily recognized by the teeth marks that appear across her left fluke. Most likely when she was a young calf a group of transient orca tried to attack but his mother was there to protect him. These teeth marks will be with her for life but they certainly have not slowed here down. Indeed, they are a sign of her true strength to survive. She arrived in 2014 with her first calf!