The lives of whales and dolphins are under threat from the introduction of toxic contaminants into the ecosystem, exposure to marine litter with risk of entanglement and ingestion, boat collisions, noise pollution, and the general damage and degradation of their marine habitat.
Help safeguard a whale or dolphin for future generations for as little as £3.50 per month and receive our sponsorship benefits. Enjoy keeping our whales and dolphins safe by sponsoring for yourself, or as a present for someone you care about.
As a small locally-based organisation we need your support through sponsorship to continue our vital work to conserve whales and dolphins.
By sponsoring a minke whale, bottlenose dolphin or orca you will receive:
- Personalised A4 sponsorship certificate
- Glossy 6’’ x 4’’ colour photograph of your chosen whale or dolphin
- High quality species factsheet and individual cetacean factsheet, both including the most recent information and photograph
- ID guide
- HWDT pen, car sticker and DVD
- Access to the latest edition of HWDT’s newsletter - Wave (or for juniors Wavelet)
- Optional gift; either the HWDT produced 'Sea Kingdom of Argyll' book or a cuddly toy
As part of our Photo-Identification project our Sightings Officer uses distinctive nicks and scars on the cetacean to identify individuals. Like a fingerprint each cetacean has its own unique pattern. We have a variety of species and individual cetaceans that need your sponsorship.
Splash: Splash was first photographed in 2002 in the Sound of Mull. Splash tends to be seen in larger groups of dolphins, usually between 12 and 15 individuals.
Fluke: Fluke was first photographed in 2004 in the Sound of Mull. Fluke is well traveled and has been sighted across a huge part of our survey area.
Killer Whales or Orca
John Coe: John Coe was first photographed in 1992 and has been regularly seen ever since. Due to a large, distinctive notch in his dorsal fin, he is easily identified and is one of the most well known orca in the HWDT catalogue.
Floppy Fin: Floppy Fin was first photographed in 1992 off Mull and has also been regularly sighted. True to his name, his dorsal fin 'flops' over to the left, again making him instantly recognisable.
Nick: Nick was first photographed in 1992 and is one of the most frequently re-sighted whales in our catalogue. Nick has a small triangular notch at the base of its dorsal fin and a long scar along its body making him relatively easy to identify.
Kasey: Kasey was first photographed in 2000 and he has been seen every year since then. Kasey has a very distinctive dorsal fin with three triangle-shaped nicks along the edge of the dorsal fin making him easy to recognise.
Knobble: Knobble was first photographed in 2002 and has been seen in the Hebrides every year since then. Knobble has a very distinctive dorsal fin which looks like it has been 'nibbled' at the edges making him instantly recognisable for the research team.