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Shelltone Whale Project logo - Whale and cetacean watching

By observing dolphins and whales with the Shelltone Whale Project, you are helping to protect them and enabling enthusiasts to work with cetaceans on a daily basis at sea.

Open to all, we have created our cetacean-watching bases to share our passion and our values with as many people as possible, and to give enthusiasts, biologists and sailors the chance to create their own bases.

We are the Shelltone Whale Project, we are on the sea.

Welcome aboard!


Book your place on one of our boats and share the intimacy of cetaceans while helping to protect them.

A new, respectful and conscious approach to cetacean watching.


Since 1981 in Maui, Hawaii, the mission of the Shelltone Whale Project has been to play, improvise, co-write and record music with whales, sublimating through this joint creation the fundamentals of inter-species communication with cetaceans, then to analyse these data, try to understand them and study the effects of these songs and sounds on other living organisms such as plants, animals and humans.

The Shelltone Whale Project was founded by Pierre Lavagne de Castellan, a marine bioacoustician and ethologist. It is a non-profit association recognised as being in the public interest for its scientific research into inter-species communication with cetaceans and its environmental activities.

Today, this experience has enabled us, while continuing our research, to create a whale watching company that uses a conscious technique that respects the approach of cetaceans. 

Our captains are trained by Pierre Lavagne de Castellan, an approach based on decades of scientific research. Inter-species communication has brought us closer to the intimacy of the animals, to the depths of their feelings about our presence among them.


Shelltone Whale Project, better understanding for better protection.

Shelltone Whale Project logo Whale tail in water


Recorded 10 miles off Baille Argent on 26 April 2016. We are convinced that there is a message in this song. Good listening!



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