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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.
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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. 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. Thousands of marine mammals die each year when they swallow the rubbish that we throw away. Please help us clean up our coasts by joining our Beach Cleanup Crew.

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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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Summer 2014-15 Marine Mammal Medic Training Dates & Locations

Want to become a certified cetacean saver? Our new season of Marine Mammal Meidc training dates have just been released. Last season we trained 350 people across New Zealand. Become a Project Jonah volunteer medic and help save lives.

Book a place now to avoid disappointment. Find out more and book. 


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Nelson April 2014 Marine Mammal Medic course added

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Following the recent strandings at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, we have added an extra  training course in Nelson. This will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014 and we invite all those who would like to learn whale 'first aid' skills and be a part of our team, to attend. Find out more... 


 Project Jonah Stranding Update Home

Farewell Spit Stranding - 16 January 2014

Despite more than two days of significant effort by the Department of Conservation, Project Jonah volunteers and the local community caring for, re-floating and attempting to herd the remaining pilot whales back to deep water using boats and people in the water, the survivors of Tuesdays pilot whale stranding in Golden Bay having been joined by a 9th whale, have again re-stranded overnight. Read more...

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Farewell Spit Stranding - 14 January 2014

Around 8am this morning, Department of Conservation staff were alerted to approximately 50 pilot whales close to shore off Taupata Point, on Farewell Spit. Project Jonah medics have been mobilised. Read more...

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Whalebus Design Competition

Whales and buses aren't traditionally associated with one another. However, here's a great opportunity to see a 'whalebus' driving around New Zealand. nakedbus.com are allowing one lucky winner to paint their bus in a marine theme. Read more...


We've Got a New Whale

We recently tried crowdfunding for the first time - asking our supporters, friends and family to help buy a new training whale. Well, it came down to the wire, but we made it! Our new member of the family will be joining us soon and we will introduce her to you all shortly.


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