Adopt a whale today and support Oceanic Society's global ocean conservation programs.
Support our work 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 and your tax-deductible symbolic whale adoption supports our ocean conservation programs.
Adopt a Whale for 1 Year: $60
For a tax-deductible whale 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 whale 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.
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).
Whales Available for Adoption
Patron: Lily's Ocean
First sighted: January 14th, 2012
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/4833
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.
First sighted: October 10, 2014
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/4190
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.
Patron: Robert Wolpe
First sighted: September 24, 2005
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/906
CRC-12028, known as Muvi, is a humpback whale often seen along the California coast, including twice at the Farallon Islands during Oceanic Society whale watching trips. Muvi 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.
Patron: The Craft Market family
First sighted: October 26, 1990
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/781
CRC-10168, known as Ashlynn-Madeleine, 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 Ashlynn-Madeleine have ranged from Eureka, California in the northern down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the south. Oceanic Society has seen Ashlynn-Madeleine twice near the Farallon Islands, in May and September of 2017. This whale 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.
First sighted: July 30, 2004
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/3998
CRC-11815, known as Howard, is a humpback whale that visits the California coast in the summer and early fall, along with other humpbacks in the eastern Pacific population that regularly migrate between feeding areas in the north and breeding grounds in the south. Howard was first spotted in July 2004 near California's Año Nuevo State Park. Howard has been seen a total of 17 times, ranging from Monterey Bay, California and the Farallon Islands (where we identified it), to Puerto Vallarta and Oaxaca, Mexico.
First sighted: September 5, 2011
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/626
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.
Patron: Dave & Teri Dayton
First sighted: October 13, 2013
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/1421
CRC-15510, known as Eddie, is a humpback whale frequently seen in California, and has been spotted a whopping 53 times since October 2013. Eddie's flukes are nearly all black, with some distinctive white markings that make it easy to match in the catalog. In California, sightings of Eddie have predominantly been in Monterey Bay. We saw Eddie 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, Eddie travels south in the winter to reproduce and has been seen in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Sonsonate, El Salvador.
First sighted: September 25, 1993
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/260
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.
Patron: Tomiko & Larry Ebright; Marry & Jerry Bradley
First sighted: August 24, 2019
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/29646
HW-MN0501906, known as Cash, is a humpback whale that has been spotted three times in northern California. Cash 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. Cash was first photographed by us in August 2019 on a whale watching trip near the Farallon Islands, and has also been seen twice in Monterey Bay.
Patron: Alena Eckhardt
First sighted: October 17, 2021
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/73843
HW-MN0502402 is a humpback whale calf born in late 2020 or early 2021 by another whale known as CRC-18245 (below). We photographed HW-MN0502402 off of San Francisco on October 17, 2021, where it was seen alongside its mom, CRC-18245. This was the first reported sighting of this whale! HW-MN0502402 was seen a month later in Monterey Bay. Humpback whale calves typically spend their first year at their mother's side. Seeing these two side by side was a rare opportunity to match this calf to its mother.
First sighted: August 11, 2018
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/41836
CRC-18245, known as BORAHAE, is a female humpback whale with beautiful, nearly all-black flukes. She is the mother of HW-MN0502402 (above) and has been sighted seven times since 2018, including when we saw her in October 2021 with her calf near the Farallon Islands. This was a rare opportunity to match mother and calf and allows us to better understand both whales’ life histories. BORAHAE has been seen four times near San Francisco and the Farallon Islands, and once in Monterey Bay, as well as on breeding grounds in Sonsonante, El Salvador with a newborn calf in February 2019.
Nickname: Bubbles (Baja)
First sighted: May 11, 2014
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/5060
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.
First sighted: October 2, 2006
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/214
CRC-12260 was first identified in October 2006 when it was photographed in Monterey Bay, California. CRC-12260 has been spotted a total of nine total times, including by Oceanic Society in October 2021 off of Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco. CRC-12260 has been seen in multiple areas of California, including Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and off of San Francisco. This beautiful humpback whale has dark, rounded flukes that are more compact than those of most other humpbacks.
First sighted: August 16, 2016
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/5113
CRC-12543 was first seen in August 2008 in Morro Bay, California, and has been seen 20 times since, most recently by us near the Farallon Islands in September 2021. CRC-12543 has been seen as far north as the Farallon Islands, and as far south as Mexico’s Banderas Bay, off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, as well as off the tip of the Baja California Peninsula near Cabo San Lucas! CRC-12543 has dark flukes with barnacles and barnacle scars along the leading edge of both lobes, as well as some linear scars across their flukes.
First sighted: May 6, 2012
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/913
CRC-15580 was first spotted in May 2012 in Monterey Bay, California and has been spotted 13 times in all, between Mendocino, California and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There were four sightings of CRC-15580 in 2021, in Baja California Sur, Monterey Bay, and by us at the Farallon Islands in July 2021. CRC-15580 has distinguishable flukes that are black with huge white patches towards the trailing edge of both fluke lobes.
Nickname: Jerry Best Life
Patron: Best Life & Co
First sighted: May 2, 2018
All sightings: https://happywhale.com/individual/15382
CRC-17797, known as Jerry Best Life, was first spotted in May 2018 and has been seen an incredible 43 times since, with the first and most recent sightings in Monterey Bay, California. Jerry Best Life has been seen as far south as Corral del Risco, Nayarit in the Pacific Ocean and as far north as the Farallon Islands, California, where we saw it in July 2021. The lobes of CRC-17797’s flukes are mostly white starting from the tips to about 75% down the lobe before fading into dark gray in the middle where the lobes meet.