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Befriend a whale

 capodoglietto sfumatoLast season’s update on re-spotted whales

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.

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

 capodogliettoA whale of a present!

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 youself or as a nice present.

      capodogliettoChoose your sperm whale!

Click on the pics below to view a sample of the special certificate you will receive (via email or printed, to your choice).

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


 capodogliettoHow to apply

1) choose an individual sperm whale
2) choose if:

a – you want to receive the material via email or

b – printed, with a whale tail as a necklace or a key-ring (see details below)

3) choose if the certificate is for yourself or if it is to be a gift
4) order the certificate online and donate an amount (*) online by credit card or by bank transfer

 capodogliettoWhat 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.

E-MAILED  you’ll get the following items:

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  • a new unpublished article about the most recent, amazing discoveries on Mediterranean sperm whales

Minimum donation is 10.00 euro

PRINTED:  you’ll get following items by snail-mail:

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  • a new unpublished article about the most recent, amazing discoveries on Mediterranean sperm whales (printed);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

Minimum donation ranges from 50.00 euro (to Italy) to  60.00 euro (to Europe) to 70.00 euro (to extra-European countries).


In both cases (e-mail , or snail mail shipping) the updates about new sightings of the animals will be available on Tethys’ 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, starting from December 17th.