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Each year our volunteers respond to stranding emergencies. We couldn't do our work without them.  Find out more about their inspiring and personal stories.

Saving whales isn't as easy as it looks.  Join our network of trained volunteers and become a Marine Mammal Medic today.

Saving whales costs serious money, money we don't always have. Please help us by making an urgent donation so we can continue our life saving work.

Education is key to building understanding, that's why we've developed a free World of Whales resource kit for schools. Order yours online today.
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We believe that both animals and people matter. Whilst the animals are central to what we do, it’s people that make our work possible. Find out more about our work.
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Summer 2016-17 Marine Mammal Medic training dates & locations announced

Want to become a certified cetacean saver? Our new season of Marine Mammal Medic training dates have just been released. Last season we trained over 400 people across New Zealand and this year we want to train even more! Become a Project Jonah volunteer medic and help save livesBook a place now to avoid disappointment. Find out more and book. 

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The real deal about False Killer Whales

After the recent stranding and successful refloat of a false killer whale in Christchurch, many people have asked - what exactly is a false killer whale?! We asked New Zealand expert, Jochen Zaeschmar, to tell us a bit more about these charismatic whales. Read more here. 


Project Jonah on Coast New Zealand

The New Zealand coastline is a very special environment and is featured in the BBC documentary, Coast. In episode three, internationally renowned archaeologist Neil Oliver explores the top of the South Island. During the episode, Neil spends some time with a team from Project Jonah learning about what we do, discussing the unique environment of Golden Bay and its significance to marine mammals. There is some fantastic footage, check it out here (the section about Golden Bay starts at 27 minutes 30 seconds).

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How much do Kiwis know about Maui dolphins?

For her second year Marine Studies project, Project Jonah Medic Nikki Fothergill investigated the level of awareness of the plight of the endangered Maui dolphins. Can New Zealanders spot the difference? Do they know the home range of Maui Dolphin? See the surprising results of her research here.

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12 Days of Christmas!

We're stoked to receive recognition of our work by Auckland International Airport with one of their 12 Days of Christmas annual grants. This grant will go towards purchasing a new training dolphin as well as helping us to present to more schools in the Auckland region. Read the full story here.

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New Merchandise!

Just in time for summer our new range of drink bottles are now available. In classic black or Project Jonah Blue these reusable, recyclable, BPA free stainless steel drink bottles will keep you cool and hydrated for many summers to come. Take a look and purchase one here.

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Project Jonah features in national TV adverts

In September 2015, our work features in a TV advert for Genesis Energy's Shine A Light campaign, promoting the work of community groups throughout New Zealand. Find out more about our work and watch the advert here. 

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On the ground at a stranding

Friday 13th February 2015 saw one of the largest strandings in New Zealand in over 15 years. Over 500 people - locals, kiwis and tourists - stood side by side to help these whales in the hour of need. Whether you were there or not, this incredible video captures a snapshot of the days events. Take a look at the video here... 

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Ohope Marine Mammal Medic course added

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Following the November strandings in Ohope, we have added an extra training course in the Whakatane region. This will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 in Ohope. Find out more... 


Marine Mammal Medic course - what's involved?

Whilst we can't predict when and where strandings might happen, our job is to be as prepared as possible. We train volunteers across the country on our Marine Mammal Medic Course. A unique blend of classroom and practical work, upon completion of the course you will be added to our national stranding response database. To see what the day involves, take a look at our video here... 


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