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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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Limited edition art print 

Inspired by her experience of a mass pilot whale stranding at Farewell Spit, multi-medium artist Ana Aceves was moved to create a very special print. With only 19 available - we know they won't last long. Find out more here.

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World of Whales education kit available to New Zealand schools

We're serious about educating the next generation of New Zealanders, so we've teamed up with author Barbara Todd, to bring the world of whales and dolphins to classrooms across the country.
The World of Whales educational kit brings the wonder of the marine environment into the classroom, inspiring children to play a part in the protection of marine mammals in the future. Find out more here.

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Summer 2017-18 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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Project Jonah wins Trustpower Supreme Community Award.

We are hugely proud of our volunteers and excited that their work has been recognised in the 2017 Trustpower Community Awards. On behalf of our volunteers in the Nelson Tasman region, we accepted the top award of the evening, celebrating the tremendous efforts made in the community. The Supreme Award recognises the work of the 337 trained medics in the region, as well as the wider community response, pitching in to assist at events like the February 2017 mass stranding. Read more about the award here.

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Farewell - A mini documentary about the February 2017 mass stranding.

The ripples from February's stranding at Farewell Spit continue to touch peoples lives. During the event, volutneers came from all four corners of the world, including German videographer Konrad Losch. While travelling around New Zealand, Konrad responded to the call for help and used his skills and talents to document stories from the stranding. This beautiful ten minute documentary captures the highs and lows of the event, with some harrowing images and interviews. Watch it here.


BBC World Service Audio Documentary - The Race to Rescue Stranded Whales.

On the 10th February 2017, hundreds of pilot whales stranded on Farewell Spit, Golden Bay. BBC World Service had a reporter on the ground and over the three day event she collected audio clips, soundscapes and interviews which give a real insight into what it is like responding to one of New Zealand's largest mass stranding events. Listen to the 30 minute audio documentary here. 

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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. 

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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.


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).


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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