(Plymouth, MA) –Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) has partnered with local artist Erik Simmons of Scituate, MA to offer a “One Whale of an Auction” of a hand-carved whale.

The auction is hosted on eBay and will run from April 3rd to the 12th.

Proceeds from the auction benefit WDC’s landmark Marine Animal Rescue and Response Program, which recently expanded its stranding response territory to include the towns between Weymouth and Scituate, making this a more meaningful project for Simmons.

Eric’s sculpture is 3 feet in length and is made from carefully selected Eastern White Pine. His choice of wood includes a consideration of the ecological impact.

The grain of the wood on each sculpture mimics the ripples of water. He carefully finishes the carvings with chalk paint and gray wax, materials which are also chosen with a consideration of ecological impact. Each piece is branded with “The Giving Whales” project iron and is numbered.  Erik wants each whale he carves to raise awareness of how climate change is impacting ocean life and, additionally, to help support organizations focused on ocean and marine life conservation, and he has partnered with WDC to benefit from his latest creation.

The Whale sculpture will come with a one-on-one meeting in person or VIA Zoom with WDC Executive Director, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, WDC gear and a whale adoption.

WDC Executive Director, Regina Asmutis-Silvia and Sarah McCormack, WDC’s Stranding Coordinator are thrilled to have WDC be the recipient of this beautiful and unique piece of art to raise funds for the MARR Program. Funds from the auction will go directly to the MARR Program (more detail here?) 

Every mammal saved makes a difference!

To become the owner of this one of a kind piece and support the work of WD,visit the auction on eBay and place a bid!

Preregister to be notified when bidding starts, https://us.whales.org/whales-dolphins/science/marine-animal-rescue-and-response/one-whale-of-an-auction/

About WDC: Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is the leading global non-profit dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins, and their ocean home. WDC-North America is located in Plymouth, MA and works to protect whales and dolphins through outreach, policy, and science initiatives.

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Contact: Sarah McCormack, Stranding Coordinator, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508 )746-2522, sarah.mccormack@whales.orgSabrina Braunlich, Program Associate, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 746-2522, Sabrina.braunlich@whales.org