Salt, the inflatable humpback whale

$2,645 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 24 months
Krill Carson  MIDDLEBORO, MA
The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)  is raising funds to purchase a professionally made inflatable humpback whale. This whale is a life-sized replica of Salt, the humpback whale, so the model will be 45 feet long.

Students of all ages and the public will be able to tour Salt from inside and out! A flap in the fabric on the side of the model allows folks to walk inside Salt and get an amazing perception of her size from the inside. 

The company that will create this model, Landmark Creations, will also sew various internal organs onto the inner fabric so kids can see the placement of her lungs, stomachs (whales have 3!) and vertebra (backbone).

NECWA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in southeatern MA. We are a grassroots group of scientists, educators, students, and professionals within the community who devote our efforts to better understand and protect the coastal marine wildlife of New England.

Help NECWA better connect with kids of all ages by providing presentations, both school and public, that include this amazing life-sized model of Salt, the most famous humpback whale off Cape Cod.

To learn more about NECWA and the work we do, visit our website at www.necwa.org.
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Update 11
Posted by Carol Carson
3 months ago
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Spoke to Landmark Creations this week and they sent us some photos of their inflatable whale model. This model can be customized to show Salt's unique body features and pigmentation patterns like the white scarring on the top of her dorsal fin. Check out what NECWA's model will look like from the inside. If you were a kid again, wouldn't you just love to go inside this model and check out her internal organs! Please donate today so we can have this inflatable model to use in NECWA's educational programs. And please share this message to help get the word out about this important fundraising campaign. Thank you, Krill, NECWA
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Update 10
Posted by Carol Carson
4 months ago
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Salt came back with her 14th calf this season and Capt. Chad Avellar name this beautiful little whale Sriracha. Also this season, 3 of Salt's daughters, Thalassa, Mostaza and Sanchal, returned with calves of their own . Salt now has 15 grandchildren to boast about when chatting it up with the other grandma humpbacks!
Salt and her 2016 calf Sriracha
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Update 9
Posted by Carol Carson
12 months ago
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Help NECWA on our quest to purchase a commercial-grade inflatable model of Salt. This life-sized model would have all her unique features and pigmentation patterns. It's getting close to whale watching season once more off the shores of Cape Cod. Help us purchase this model so we can bring Salt to kids in the New England area, even if they can't get offshore.
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Update 8
Posted by Carol Carson
15 months ago
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Let's try to raise a total of $2000.00 by the end of 2015!

Why do we love Salt so much?

1- She was the first humpback whale to receive a name.
2- She was named by Capt. Aaron Avellar who also named Krill (since she was a shrimp of a whale biologist). Aaron called her "Salt" for the extensive white scarring on the top of her dorsal fin looked as if someone had "salted"it.
3- Today, the Avellar family retains the honor of naming all of Salt's calves, and only her calves are named their first year of life.
4- She returns each year to feed off Cape Cod so we get to watch her and her growing family.
5- Since the mid 1970's, she has come back to Cape Cod with 13 separate calves. All beautiful and all very special in our hearts.
6- Two of her female calves have come back with calves of their own (Thalassa and Mostaza) making Salt a grandmother of 12.
7- In 2014, Etch-A-Sketch, Thalassa's calf of 1998, came back with her first calf. Now Salt is a great grandmother of 1!
8- Because like all other living organisms that share this planet with us, Salt is a member of the natural world who deserves to live and raise her young on a healthy and safe planet. We only have one Mother Earth and we need to protect it, not just for us, but for all who call this spinning planet home.
9- Because we DO!

Salt has become the ambassador to our New England waters. Help NECWA bring her story home to kids and adults of all ages.

Please repost and share to help spread the word about this campaign. I consider myself a good field biologist, but realize that I fall short on managing these types of fundraising activities. So thank you for the help!

Best to all, Krill
Salt, the Humpback Whale
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$2,645 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 24 months
Created March 25, 2015
RL
$100
Rebecca Lash
1 month ago
JH
$50
Jay Hubbell
1 month ago

Jay & Sandy

KB
$100
Karen Brother
3 months ago
1
1

Go Krill and Salty

JA
$100
John Alexander
4 months ago
RC
$25
Roberta Cota
4 months ago

Anything for Salt!

LM
$60
Lanny McDowell
4 months ago
$60
Scott Leonard
4 months ago

OK, Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program 'friends'... this is a $60 ask -- with a lovely book in return. The kids at Nantucket Lighthouse School and Nantucket New School along with classes at Nantucket Elementary School adopted 'Salt' in the past. We will bring this New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance model to Nantucket once they have raised enough $$. Give 'em a helping hand.

MO
$20
Megan O
9 months ago
BW
$25
Brittany Wheaton
14 months ago
$250
Leslie Shields
15 months ago

Good Luck This is fantastic! Some of you may know that Cetacean Society International (then CT Cetacean Society ) built a life sized walk through model of a Sperm Whale at the Children's Museum in West Hartford to celebrate getting the sperm whale named Ct State Animal.

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