Salt is a female humpback whale and was one of the very first individuals to be identified as a unique whale in 1976 due to her unusually white fin and incredible size. She is a mother to 13 calves, a grandmother to 11, and even a great-grandmother of one more! Salt has earned the respect of whales, whale watchers, and researchers alike. She has helped whale researchers not only at the Whale & Dolphin Conservation, but all over the world, learn more about the migration, calving rates, and behavior of her species. To this day, Salt has remained one of the most distinguished and photographed humpback whales in the world.
Like Salt, Pepper was also first identified in 1976 and it was her contact companionship with Salt that she earned her name. Her loyalty goes beyond her friendship with Salt. She has had 11 calves and kept one of her calves by her side for a whole extra year. She has also been seen accompanying a new mother and calf, providing some support from her experiences with her own calves. In 2009, something tragic happened. Pepper become entangled in fishing gear. Unfortunately, this is something that happens all too often not only with whales but with all marine life. Thankfully, she managed to free herself of the gear and has been swimming around with her family and friends ever since.
If you would like to donate to the WDC or adopt a Humpback Whale or Orca of your own, you can visit: http://adopt-us.whales.org/whale-adoption-project/
Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures.
It was a chance meeting between a marketer and a famous musician that sparked the passion to change the future of the ocean and led to the creation of our partner organization, Ocean Conservancy®, a global force for ocean conservation. Check out some of the incredible programs they are involved in and find out who that famous musician was.
In early April 2019, the 4ocean team had the pleasure of attending the Coral Restoration Foundation™ "Raise the Reef" Gala to help support the amazing work they are doing to restore and protect coral reefs in the Florida Keys and around the world. It was a night of insight and inspiration that will ultimately lead to the type of immediate action we need to save these precious underwater ecosystems for future generations.