CRC-18245, known as BORAHAE, is a female humpback whale with beautiful, nearly all-black flukes. She is the mother of HW-MN0502402 and has been sighted seven times since 2018, including when we saw her in October 2021 with her calf near the Farallon Islands. This was a rare opportunity to match mother and calf and allows us to better understand both whales’ life histories. BORAHAE has been seen four times near San Francisco and the Farallon Islands, and once in Monterey Bay, as well as on breeding grounds in Sonsonante, El Salvador with a newborn calf in February 2019.

Whole Whale adopted BORAHAE through the Oceanic Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving ocean health by deepening the connections between people and nature to address its root decline: human behavior. She is part of the Whales of Guerrero Research Project that aims to survey humpback whales in Mexico and provide local fisherman and boat operators with the means to survive without further depleting natural resources to protect the region.