January 17, 2018
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Adopt A Whale for Valentine’s Day

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BAR HARBOR, ME – Red is the color typically associated with Valentine’s Day, but College of the Atlantic is offering a “green” Valentine alternative to the traditional chocolates and flowers.

Adopt a Whale in your sweetheart’s name and the researchers at Allied Whale, the marine mammal research laboratory at COA, will send a photograph of an individually identified whale, a personal Certificate of Adoption, a waterproof field guide to whales, and an Allied Whale bumper sticker. Adopting a whale is a thoughtful gift for all ages and your donation provides critical support for long-term studies of endangered species.

Allied Whale offers adoptions of either a single humpback or a fin whale for $30 or a mother and calf pair of either species for $40. The simple process can be completed in minutes online, or by calling 207-288-5644.

For more than three decades, hundreds of scientists, whale watchers, and interested members of the public have submitted pictures of humpback and fin whales to Allied Whale for research and archiving. Poring through tens of thousands of images, Allied Whale researchers systematically identify whales by their natural and acquired markings. When these pictures are compared to each other in the lab, the scientists and students frequently find individual whales that have been photographed and re-photographed in different parts of the ocean throughout their lives. Each time this happens, slowly, over time, it adds another piece to the puzzle of the lives of these majestic creatures.

Much of what is known about the migrations, reproductive rates, population size and growth rates, and even the behavior of large whales in the wild are the result of long-term photo-identification studies like those pioneered by Allied Whale. Take action and adopt a whale to demonstrate your love for these animals and their ocean habitat, and you can help to continue such research and the conservation of endangered species.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more information, visit http://www.coa.edu.