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National Marine Mammal Laboratory
The NMML is responsible for conducting research on marine mammals important to the mission of the NMFS and NOAA, with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Stock assessments and other publications are readily available, along with an image gallery. Links to other NOAA lab and services. Information on marine mammal laws and individual species also available. Site also includes a course on quantitative ecology.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute
Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute strives to advance conservation and the understanding of marine mammals by studying their ecology, distribution, habitats, population abundance, ocean health issues and anthropogenic activities on marine mammals. The site offers teaches information on its whale-focused curriculum for grades 6-9, which is a free, downloadable pdf, or you can purchase a copy from the Institute. The site also includes information on the Institute, including its research vessels, labs, and publications.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, General public

Marine Mammals of Alaska
Alaska Sea Grant's marine mammals site eith information on whales, sea lions, and other marine mammals, a field guide and 3-D skulls for selected mammals. Read transcripts of their Arctic Science Journeys Radio programs with stories about whales, sea otters, polar bears, walrus, seals, and sea lions.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school, General public

A Career Guide to Marine Mammal Training
This free, interactive and independent website has been conceived and designed by working marine mammal professionals to provide accurate, hard to find information and rare behind the scenes views and insights into the fascinating world of marine mammal care and training. The site includes career information, photos and videos, a fact vs fiction section, and extensive information on the bottlenose dolphin.
Grade Level: High school, General public

North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium: Steller Sea Lions
This excellent site by a consortium of university scientists provides information about the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) and other marine mammals of the Pacific Northwest. The Biology section outlines species classification, biology, distribution, diet, predation, human interactions, photos and more. Research and Publications sections offer summaries of research projects and downloadable scientific journal articles. Current focus is on the effects that changes in food species may have on sea lion health and population success.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

Marine Mammal Center
A non-profit hospital located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near Sausalito, California that rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals. Site contains information on education, research, and adopt-a-seal; features a photo gallery and FAQs. Volunteer, membership, and donation opportunities available. Information on what to do when finding a stranded marine mammal and stay current with the Center's patients. Education programs available at the Center or at your location (fees associated).
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Middle school, Intermediate elementary, High school

Marine Mammal Classroom Activities
Teachers' guides developed by Sea World featuring marine mammal educational materials for K-12. 14 different topics covered including sharks, wetlands, whales, birds, and much more. Several feature activities for all grade levels. Each guide includes goals and objectives, information, vocabulary, a bibliography, and classroom activities. Activities strive to integrate science, mathematics, geography, art, and language. Orca guide is in Spanish.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Gulf of Maine Aquarium: Marine Mammals
Good source of information about cetaceans, especially dolphins and toothed whales common on the Atlantic Coast. Profiles their natural history, including: classification, adaptations, behavior; communication; social structure; interactions with humans. FAQ section answers common questions, and section on current research describes findings and cites sources, defines the scientific method. Classroom activities about cetacean feeding mechanisms, adaptations and migrations, with annotated bibliography of excellent links and additional lesson plans.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Dugong dugon
Species profile of the dugong, Dugong dugon, including taxonomic classification, geographic range, biogeographic region, habitat, physical description, diet, behavior, reproduction, economic importance to humans and conservation status. Selected references and glossary are provided. Classification feature provides links to descriptions of each taxon, e.g. Animalia, Mammalia, Sirenia, etc., including images and details on anatomical features used in differentiating at each level. Appropriate for grades 7 and up.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

American Cetacean Society
Dedicated to whale conservation, this site offers an abundance of information on whale watching expeditions, adoption programs, selected articles from their newsletter, and fact sheets on a number of marine mammals. Education materials include curriculum resources, species factpacks, conservation and research reports, and much more. Curriculum information is free, but does require users to register. Learn more about volunteer and membership opportunities.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

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