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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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Stranding Response and COVID-19

At this time we need to manage the spread of COVID-19 through our communities. Our latest advice can be found HERE. 

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Summer 2021-22 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 515 people across New Zealand! Become a Project Jonah volunteer medic and help save livesBook a place now to avoid disappointment. Find out more and book. 


School and Kindergarten visits now available in Auckland, Wellington and Nelson

We are thrilled to have three wonderful volunteer school educators able to offer visits to Kindergartens and Schools in South Auckland, Wellington and Nelson. Our visits are hands-on, engaging and educational! Find out more.

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Online Marine Mammal Medic Refresher Course

The Marine Mammal Medic course is the best and most practical way of learning how to assist with stranded whales and dolphins. However, this is an area of knowledge that is rapidly changing. Our Marine Mammal Medic online refresher course provides past trained medics with the latest information, science and techniques to ensure you are up to date, all from the comfort of home! Find out more. 

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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. The kits are free to schools and kindergartens, we only ask that you cover the cost of postage. Find out more here.

Meet our team

Meet Our Team

Project Jonah exists to respond to strandings throughout the whole of New Zealand. Along with this we train hundreds of volunteer Marine Mammal Medics each year, present to schools and special interest groups and raise funds to continue our work. We do all this (and more!) with just two paid staff. Read more about why they are passionate about Project Jonah here. 

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Hector's and Maui Threat Management Plan

The Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand are asking for your feedback on their new Threat Management Plan for Hector’s and Māui dolphins. These animals are among our country's most endangered marine species (there are only around 15,700 Hector’s and 63 Māui left), so it’s vital that as many of us as possible contribute to this consultation to get the best possible outcome. To find out the most immediate threats to these dolphins, and how you can easily make your submission, read our simple guide to the consultation.

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Moana Honeywrap!

We are stoked to reveal our latest collaboration with the team from Honeywrap! Released in July to kick off Plastic Free July, the Moana print illustrates just some of the marine life which is impacted by plastic pollution. We think it is a pretty powerful image! To celebrate Plastic Free July, all profits from the sale of this wrap will be donated to Project Jonah to allow us to continue our lifesaving work. Order yours today!


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State of Marine Mammals in Aotearoa, 2019

We recently consulted a panel of New Zealand's leading experts for their views on the threats faced by marine mammals and what we can do to help. The report summarises and discusses the short, medium and long-term threats to whales, dolphins and seals and what you can do to help. The full report can be read here. 

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