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Befriend a whale: an original gift to someone you love (and to the whales, too)

Befriend a sperm whale from the Pelagos Sanctuary or donate its friendship to someone you love. With this symbolic gift you will support the research and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans through the Tethys Research Institute.

A whale of a present

Whales are among the most representative species of the oceans: their conservation means preserving their environment as well – which is ours, too. Befriend a whale and by supporting the research you can really help, as Tethys’ work is exclusively aimed at marine mammals’ safeguard and conservation.

Even a small donation can make the difference: choose one individual among those which are currently studied by Tethys. As a reward you will get a certificate of “friendship” which includes a picture of the chosen sperm whale, the information collected by the researchers about its history, and a yearly update of the new sightings during the upcoming research season.

You may choose between an e-mailed certificate or a printed one (the latter coming also with a nice whale tail necklace or key-ring) – for yourself or as a nice present.

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Choose your sperm whale

Click on the pics on your right to view the whales you can befriend. You will receive a special certificate, like the example above, via email or printed, to your choice.

In addition you will also get a map showing where the chosen sperm whale has been sighted and all the available information about it, as well as facts about the Mediterranean sperm whales in general.


Last season’s update

What you will get

The certificate may be sent to you in two different ways: e-mailed or printed via snail-mail. It’s your choice.


Minimum donation is 10 Euro

  • the certificate with a picture of the chosen whale (A4, 140 dpi);
  • information about the chosen individual whale;
  • a new unpublished article about the most recent, amazing discoveries on Mediterranean sperm whales


Minimum donation ranges from 50 Euro (to Italy) to 60 Euro (to Europe) to 70 Euro (to extra-European countries).

  • a A4-cardboard high-resolution printed certificate with a picture of the chosen whale;
  • information about the chosen whale (printed);
  • a new unpublished article about the most recent, amazing discoveries on Mediterranean sperm whales (printed). And:
  • a whale tail as a necklace or a key-ring (to your choice).

Notice for Christmas time period

The certificates (e-mailed or printed) must be requested by December 21st. In the case of printed certificates, the arrival by Christmas is not guaranteed. After this date all the certificates will be send immediately after January 6th.

In both cases (e-mail, or snail mail shipping) the updates about new sightings of the animals will be available on this website, at the end of the next summer research season.

Please allow up to 7 working days after the confirmation of your donation; shippings will be made by ordinary mail service.

Get the certificates online: choose your desidered option (e-mail /print) and follow the instructions