Support Oceanic Society's global ocean conservation programs by adopting a whale today.

Support our efforts to study and protect whales and other ocean wildlife by adopting a humpback whale today. Oceanic Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 94-3105570) and your tax-deductible symbolic adoption provides needed support to our programs.

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Adopt a Whale for 1 Year: $60

For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $60 you will receive:

  • Personalized adoption certificate with a photo and information about your whale.
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS (note: international orders will receive a digital certificate).
  • Email updates about whales and about your whale, if re-sighted, during the year of your adoption.

Adopt a Whale for 2 Years: $100

For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $100 you will receive:

  • Personalized adoption certificate with a photo and information about your whale
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS (note: international orders will receive a digital certificate).
  • Email updates about whales and about your whale, if re-sighted, during the two years of your adoption.
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Name a Whale: $1,000

For a tax-deductible donation of $1,000 you can become the patron of a whale and receive:

  • A personalized certificate of naming and adoption with a photograph of and information about your whale.
  • Free shipping worldwide.
  • Digital copies of any additional photos of your whale
  • Public acknowledgement on this page
  • Permanent recognition as the whale's patron in our Fluke ID catalog that is shared with researchers and communities along the whale's pathway
  • Email updates about whales and about your whale (if available).

Animals Available for Adoption

Sayu 1004

Nickname: Lily
Patron: Lily's Ocean
ID: SAYU-1.004
First sighted: January 14th, 2012
All sightings:

SAYU-1.004, known as Lily, is a humpback whale with beautiful white flukes that has been seen twice at the Farallon Islands off of San Francisco, CA. Humpbacks are known for being the most “acrobatic” whales, and during an Oceanic Society whale watching trip in May 2019 we saw Lily doing some spectacular breaching right near the Farallon Islands. Lily has also been seen twice near Banderas Bay, Mexico, which is where it was first spotted in 2012.


Nickname: Picasso
ID: CRC-16043
First sighted: October 10, 2014
All sightings:

Picasso (CRC-16043) is a well-known whale along the California coast. A piece is missing from the tip of one of Picasso’s flukes (or lobes), making him/her easy to identify. Picasso was first photographed in October 2014 by whale watchers in Monterey Bay, CA, and has since been identified nine more times, as far north as the Farallon Islands, where we spotted it feeding in August 2016, and as far south as Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where it travels to reproduce in the winter months.


Nickname: Unnamed
ID: CRC-12028
First sighted: September 24, 2005
All sightings:

CRC-12028 is a humpback whale often seen along the California coast, including twice at the Farallon Islands during Oceanic Society whale watching trips. CRC-12028 was first photographed in September 2005 in Monterey Bay, California and has been spotted 12 times altogether from as far north as Mendocino, California south to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Humpbacks in the eastern Pacific population regularly migrate between northern feeding areas and southern breeding grounds.


Nickname: Unnamed
ID: CRC-10168
First sighted: October 26, 1990
All sightings: 

CRC-10168 has been seen multiple times over a span of more than 25 years, with the first sighting near California’s Farallon Islands in October 1990. Recorded sightings of CRC-10168 have ranged from Eureka, California in the northern down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the south. Oceanic Society has seen CRC-10168 twice near the Farallon Islands, in May and September of 2017. CRC-10168 can be easily identified by the large chunk missing from its right fluke, an injury that happened sometime between the first sighting of this whale in 1990 and the next one in 2009.


Nickname: Unnamed
ID: CRC-15384
First sighted: September 5, 2011
All sightings: 

CRC-15384 is a humpback whale that was first identified in September 2011 near the California/Oregon border, and has been seen two more times since. We spotted CRC-15384 near the Farallon Islands during a whale watching trip in July 2016, and it has also been photographed in the Gulf of California near Los Cabos, Mexico. Through future sightings of CRC-15384, we might be able to determine whether this whale is male or female.


Nickname: Unnamed
ID: CRC-15510
First sighted: October 13, 2013
All sightings: 

CRC-15510 is a humpback whale frequently seen in California, and has been spotted a whopping 53 times since October 2013. Its flukes are nearly all black, with some distinctive white markings that make it easy to match in the catalog. In California, sightings of CRC-15510 have predominantly been in Monterey Bay. We saw CRC-15510 in the Gulf of the Farallones, off of San Francisco, along with around 25 other humpbacks during a spectacular day in August 2016. Like other whales in this population, CRC-15510 travels south in the winter to reproduce and has been seen in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Sonsonate, El Salvador.


Nickname: Silky
ID: CRC-10411
First sighted: September 25, 1993
All sightings: 

Silky (CRC-10411) is a humpback whale that has been seen 30 times, most frequently along the northern California coast. Silky was first photographed in September 1993 just south of Half Moon Bay, California. Silky frequents Monterey Bay during the summer and fall, and has been seen by Oceanic Society at the Farallon Islands during fall trips. During winter migrations, Silky has been spotted near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and as far south as Punatarenas, Costa Rica. Silky has distinctive flukes that are nearly all white toward the sides and all black in the middle.


Nickname: Unnamed
ID: HW-MN0501906
First sighted: August 24, 2019
All sightings: 

HW-MN0501906 is a humpback whale that has been spotted three times in northern California. HW-MN0501906 is identifiable by the rake marks on its flukes, which are scars from an attempted predation, likely by a killer whale. Killer whales are one of the humpback whales’ only predators, typically attacking young calves and sometimes leaving lifelong evidence in the form of rake marks. HW-MN0501906 was first photographed by us in August 2019 on a whale watching trip near the Farallon Islands. HW-MN0501906 has also been seen twice in Monterey Bay. 


Nickname: Bubbles (Baja)
ID: CRC-17747
First sighted: May 11, 2014
All sightings: 

Bubbles (CRC-10411) is a well traveled humpback whale that has been seen twelve times along the west coast of North America. Bubbles was first seen in the Gulf of California, near Loreto, Baja California Sur, in May 2014. Bubbles’s northernmost sighting was near the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, and it has been seen as far south as Nayarit, Mexico—almost 3,500 miles apart! Although we’ve never seen Bubbles in California, this whale was photographed by Oceanic Society in February 2020 near Loreto, Mexico during an expedition in Baja California Sur.