Cetacean Society International (CSI) is a non-profit conservation, education and research organization that works for whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their marine environment.
CSI represents all cetaceans at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. They promote whale watching as an economic alternative to whaling and participate in humane research projects across the globe, particularly in developing nations.
CSI recently launched the Humpback Whale Adoption Program. There are many organizations that allow individuals to symbolically adopt wild animals, but the CSI’s Adoption Program is the only one to provide the adoptee with actual footage of the adopted whale in the wild. It also comes with booklet about the whale that includes its family tree.
The money from the adoption program goes a long way to help fight whaling, support non-invasive research efforts, and provide grants for attendance at the IWC meetings. For example, CSI has provided financial support to:
- fight the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan
- save the Boto (Pink River Dolphin)
- fight against the Faroe Islands pilot whale slaughter
Colt is a 31 year-old male who was recently voted “the friendliest whale in the world” by CSI’s Board of Directors. He won this title because he always approaches the whale watching boats and interacts with the people aboard, sometimes splashing or blowing on them. He’s also known to stay around for much longer than any other whale and can sometimes be seen with his head on one side of the boat and his tail on the other.
You can meet Salt and Colt (and learn more about adopting them) in the following short videos:
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