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Adopt a whale or dolphin

 Help protect whales and dolphins

Adopting a whale or dolphin is an amazing way to show your love for these extraordinary individuals.

Will you help protect whales and dolphins today?

Choose a whale or dolphin:

Adopt a dolphin

By adopting one of the beautiful bottlenose dolphins who live off the coast of Scotland, you’ll help protect them from man-made dangers including commercial fishing and pollution.

Adopt a humpback

By adopting one of the magnificent humpback whales who spend their summers off the east coast of the USA, you’ll help protect them from dangers such as entanglement in fishing gear.

Adopt an orca

By adopting one of the incredible orcas who live off the west coast of Canada, you’ll help protect them from threats like industrial development, fish farms and logging.

What you'll receive

With your symbolic adoption, you'll receive a fabulous welcome pack and regular updates about your adopted whale or dolphin.
A perfect gift for all ages.

Adult adoption

Adopt today and make a real difference!

adopt an orca adult pack

Welcome pack, including a personalised adoption certificate

Four issues of our award winning magazine, Whale & Dolphin, per year

Monthly updates about your adopted whale or dolphin by email, plus a Christmas and birthday e-card

A WDC cotton bag and bookmark

Junior adoption

A fantastic gift for young people passionate about protecting whales and dolphins!

adopt a dolphin adult pack

Welcome pack, including a personalised adoption certificate

Four issues of our awesome kids magazine SPLASH! per year

Monthly updates about your adopted whale or dolphin by email, plus a Christmas and birthday e-card

Cool stickers & badge

Your adoption

Adopting a whale or dolphin may feel like a small way to support a big cause, but they make an incredible difference. Last year money raised allowed us to:

  • put a stop to the horrific minke whale experiments in Norway.
  • fund Shorewatch, our citizen science programme in Scotland.
  • provided essential funding for OrcaLab, an orca research station in Canada.
  • enabled our adopt a dolphin field officer to attend strandings.
  • help fund the Scottish Dolphin Centre, our visitor center in Scotland.
  • helped our team in the US to study humpback whales.
  • campaign to prevent whale and dolphin deaths in fishing gear around the UK coastline.
  • campaign to end the terrible lockdown experienced by whales and dolphins held in captivity.

Adoptions are for one year unless you pay by Direct Debit, in which case roll over until canceled.