Donations – Why are we asking?    unsere Deutsche Spendenseite finden Sie hier!

Ocean Sounds is a independent non-profit organization (registered in Germany as Ocean Sounds e.V. number: VR721563) which finances all research and education programs with donations and small grants from other organizations.
Our research focuses on biology & conservation of marine mammals in the Vestfjord/northern Norway, with emphasis on vocal communication of killer whales, long-finned pilot whales and other whales & dolphins.  This vital research contributes to the foundation understanding and protection of this unique marine ecosystem.
Tourism, Fishing activities, Oil exploration, as well as Climate Change 
in our region demands our scientific understanding of the consequences on the marine environment!

Donations will be used to finance our research and educational programs, see projects below for explicit information and our facebook site for current events:

If you wish, you can be named on the website, including your logo and we will write a donation receipt for you, just send us an email:

You can become a supporting member for only 20 Euro/year and you will get a newsletter and other whale “gifts”.. (we are working on it :-)
You can upload the application documents here and fill them out and either send via email:
or postal mail (address below)


Norsk: Application-OceanSounds-NOR

Deutsch: Aufnahmeantrag-OceanSounds-2014

Italiano: Application-OceanSounds-IT

We have a German bank account at the GLS Bank, you can use the following details to transfer a donation:

Ocean Sounds e.V.
IBAN: DE35430609677033789900
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, Bochum, Germany

Ocean Sounds e.V. (VR721563)
c/o Ralf Ehret
Friedrichstr. 10
D-73663 Berglen

We also have a Norwegian bank account, just contact us ( for details.


Partnership opportunities

To reduce our dependency on seasonal commercial operations, Ocean-sounds invites partnerships with people or ethical compatible companies who may wish to support the ongoing work of the center. This will enable increased focus on the essential research operations of our scientist, colleagues and students of marine biology.
To participate contact:


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1) Field work 2015

In April-October 2015 we do daily boat trips from Henningsvaer into the Vestfjord to study orcas and long-finned pilot whales and all other marine mammals.
We have already established a research project on the as behavior, identification and underwater communication of orca groups visiting us in the summer, especially in the Øksfjord (see article). This adds to our knowledge from earlier winter observation of orcas in northern Norway, which we have studied since 2003.
In addition we have studied long-finned pilot whales in the Vestfjord since 2006 and have over 400 individuals in our Photo ID catalog, and could identify more than 160 different call types. Long-finned pilot whales migrate every year to the Vestfjord and we investigate whether these groups are stable or fluctuate and whether their communication differs from other groups.
Since 2013 we further focus on the distribution & vocal behavior of Atlantic White sided Dolphins, we have no former knowledge about those animals!
Humpback whales, Minke whales, Sperm whales and Fin whales are also visitors to the Vestfjord in the summer time!
In summary, to understand these animals more research is needed, because we are only in the beginning of revealing their life and needs to survive!
In addition we monitor Distribution & Behavior Marine Mammals that visit the northern fjords in pursuit of herring in the winter ….

2) In order to keep our Research and Info Center in Henningsvaer for our students and for guests to visit us we need your help! House rent and office equipment as well as accommodation and support for our scientists, technicians students and volunteers is needed…in our Center we also create exhibitions about the whales, their environment and threats and we offer information to everybody that is interested.

More info about our events:

Since 2011 we cannot invite tourists on our boat trips anymore, because the laws for our boat has changed and we are not allowed to. This means a huge cut in our financial income, which makes donations and sponsorship ever more important.
Please take a few minutes and think about it, we hope you do care about Marine Mammals in Lofoten and would like to support our projects.

Thank you,    Heike Vester pilot-whale-heike-vester-2013 (1 of 1)-12

Ocean Sounds is an Independent Research Project and in order to maintain independence from governmental institutions depends on private funds, any contribution from your side is highly appreciated!