Adopt a whale or puffin for family or friends and stand out from the gift-giving crowds


Give a unique gift and support the environment by adopting a whale through Allied Whale. Allied Whale photographSeeking a gift for the person who has everything? Why not give a Maine gift that gives back and supports the state’s natural beauty by adopting a whale or a puffin or a snowy egret in his or her name.

You can adopt a whale through College of the Atlantic-affiliated Allied Whale. Choose from 11 fin and humpback whales, including Oseana, the long-distance-migration record holder. Solo whales are $30, mother/calf pairs are $40. For that, you receive a certificate of adoption, photos, bio, and sighting history of your whale; the Adopt a Whale booklet, filled with information, photos, and maps; and an Adopt a Whale/Allied Whale bumper sticker. The fee supports the world’s oldest and largest whale photo-identification research program, the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog, the North Atlantic Fin Whale Catalog, and the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog.

Atlantic Puffins, billing; Pufflin Project photo

Adopt an Atlantic Puffin, one of those clowns of the sea, through Audubon’s Project Puffin. In exchange for your $100 tax-deductible contribution, you receive a certificate of adoption; bio including info gathered by researchers detailing its life from hatching to present, recent behavior, nesting, and a current color photo; and invitation to renew your adoption each year.