A blue whale dives to the depths of the Northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of Sri Lanka
I am running a crowd-funding campaign on OpenExplorer for various reasons, but mostly because I think there is power in numbers. The more people get involved in important conservation causes like this, the more likely we are to succeed. This work is so essential if we are to stop this unique population from getting killed by ships and I need all the help I can get! Over that period I will be collecting essential data that will help us identify the best options for preventing any more blue whales from getting killed in the busy shipping lanes off southern Sri Lanka. I will also be taking photographs of the whales that will be included in The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Photo-identification catalogue that will ultimately help us understand how many whales there are in this population (and therefore how much at risk they are, particularly in light of growing ship traffic in the region) and we will also try out a few new and exciting things that will be revealed as we go along.
Please consider helping this research in any or all of the following ways.
1. Sign up to follow me as I prepare for my expedition on https://openexplorer.com/expedition/savingbluewhalesfromshipstrike. OpenExplorer functions both as a crowd funding platform and as a field journal so you can follow my journey from preparation to debriefing. I will be posting videos, photos and stories from the field so you won’t want to miss out! You can also follow me on my blog at www.ashadevos.com and all other social media. Just tune into Asha de Vos!
2. Contribute, if at all possible. Right now we have collected $1,000 of our $20,000 goal and could use every penny. You can contribute directly through my open explorer page at https://openexplorer.com/expedition/savingbluewhalesfromshipstrike/contribute.
3. If you would like to gift a larger amount, your company offers matching funding if you donate to a 501 3(c) or you would simply prefer to donate through a 501 3(c), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can pass on the details of our fiscal sponsor (Indy Inc.).
To say thank you and entice you, we have a list of gifts! (If you contribute, please send an email to email@example.com!)
$1.00 – $1,000,000.00 – Your name will be listed on our blog under ‘donors’ (check out the awesome list of people)! (ashadevos.com/?page_id=448)
$35.00 – A postcard of a photo taken during one of our field seasons in Sri Lanka
$200.00 – An exclusive t-shirt from the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project with a handwritten postcard
$500.00 – Adopt a blue whale! We will send you a photograph of the whale that you adopted with all relevant metadata
$1,700.00 – Exclusive gift for students of marine biology! Join the expedition for a month in Sri Lanka (gift is exclusive of transport to the field site)
$3,000.00 – Fly out to Sri Lanka and join me on the water for a day. Learn what we do and experience it first hand! (gift exclusive of flights and accommodation in Sri Lanka)
$10,000.00 – Come join us for a week on the water (gift exclusive of flights and accommodation in Sri Lanka)
All gifts will be dispatched on a quarterly basis (if you donate now — look out for your gift in March 2015)