Whale adoption urged as Christmas present

Posted Dec. 21, 2009, at 6:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:48 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Maine college that focuses on the environment says it’s still not too late to buy a whale of a present in time for Christmas.

College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor says its Adopt-a-Whale program supports its Allied Whale marine mammal research laboratory.

For a $40 donation, people get a photograph of a humpback or fin whale, a certificate of adoption, and a brief history of the whale and its sightings. They also receive a book about whales in the North Atlantic, a field guide and Allied Whale’s annual newsletter.

Allied Whale maintains tens of thousands of images of whales that allow researchers to learn about their life histories and migration patterns.