A humpback whale breaches the water in the Gulf of Maine. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM FERNALD

Whale makes a gargantuan gift

BAR HARBOR — Allied Whale at College of the Atlantic is raising money through an Adopt a Whale program, which they say makes “a meaningful and loving gift” for the upcoming holiday season.

Eleven different humpback and fin whales are available for adoption, including Oseana, the long-distance migration record holder. Single whales cost $30 to adopt, while mother-calf pairs cost $40.

Whale adoptions come with a certificate of adoption, photos, a biography and a sighting history of the whale, as well as an Adopt-a-Whale booklet with intriguing information, photographs and maps about the Earth’s largest mammals.

The adoption of a whale supports Allied Whale scientists, who are committed to promoting the effective conservation of marine mammal populations and their habitats through international collaboration and field-based educational opportunities. Founded 40 years ago, Allied Whale houses the oldest and largest dedicated whale photo-identification program in the world.

Visit coa.edu/adoptawhale, email [email protected] or call 288-5644.

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