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.) 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, you can upload the application documents here and fill them out and either sen via email:
or postal mail:

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.
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) Boat aid

We had our zodiac boat now for 8 years and it served us wonderfully. Some of you may have had the pleasure to join a trip out at sea and know how important it is for our work, without the boat Ocean Sounds will not be able to continue…
We bought the boat in 2006 and financed it mostly through tourism, but in 2011 the regulations have changed and we are not allowed to take tourists with us any longer.
That means no direct income for our boat and 4 000 Euros are still open to pay it off.
We hoped to survive without our tourist tours by focusing more towards research and art projects, but unfortunately it hasn’t been enough and we now need your help!

Please help us and search for any Euro you can find (check your old sofa for coins!) and put it in our donation bank account.

 2) Field work 2015

In April-December 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!
In summary, to understand these animals more research is needed, because we are only in the beginning of revealing their secrets!
In addition we monitor Distribution & Behavior all other Marine Mammals that we find in the Vestfjord during the whole year.

In order to keep our research base in Henningsvaer going (house rent and office equipment) and be able to conduct our daily boat excursion, we need your help!

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!