Looking for information and pictures on a
specific species or type of whale or dolphin? Be sure
to visit the companion webpage to this project that is
of Whales and Dolphins. There you
will find so many more websites that it was necessary
to break them off onto their separate
- Easier - Whales are
group of large sea animals that look like fish, but
are not. They are really mammals. Another sea animal
group related to whales but smaller in size are
dolphins. Dolphins have a snout shaped like a beak.
Dolphins should not be confused with the brightly
colored ocean fish of the same name. A third related
ocean animal is the porpoise with a rounded head and a
short, blunt snout. The porpoise is smaller than both
whales and dolphins. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises
are all mammals that breathe air and are members of
the whale family.
- Harder - Whales,
dolphins, and porpoises are all members of the
scientific order cetacea (Pronounced: suh-TAY-sha). As
cetaceans, they are warm blooded, bear their young
alive. and the babies nurse their mother's milk.
Cetaceans live entirely in water but must breathe air
through their lungs. They have fishlike bodies with a
thick layer of fat or blubber to keep them warm.
Cetaceans also have flippers for front limbs, but do
not have hind limbs. Unlike most other mammals, they
have very little body hair.
- This is the website of is the oldest whale
conservation group in the world. They seek to
educate about these remarkable animals and the
problems they face in their increasingly threatened
- Related Websites:
- 2) Cetacea http://www.cetacea.org/index.htm
- 3) Cetaceans http://whales.gn.apc.org/cetaceans.shtml
- 4) Learning About Marine Mammals from
Dolphin Research Center
- 5) Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Order
Cetacea) by L. Drumm from the National Marine
Mammal Laboratory http://nmml01.afsc.noaa.gov/education/cetaceans/cetacea.htm
Dolphin and Whale Watch
- This is a good starting point for studying
dolphins and whales. The site has a large
collection of photographs plus sounds and
- Other Websites Featuring Dolphins and
- 2) Dolphinwise http://www.dolphinwise.com/
- 3) Marine Mammals: Dolphins and Whales
- 4) Whale Club: Dolphins, Whales, & Manatees
- 5) Whale Songs by L. Leonhardt, Black Box
and Oasis Telecommunications
- 6) World Wide Whales http://www.dkd.net/whales/index.html
from Scholastic's Wild Animal Watch
- Host Dan Odell takes you underwater to meet the
inquisitive stars of the cetacean group -
- Related Websites:
- 2) Dolphin Institute http://www.dolphin-institute.org/
- 3) Dolphin Links from Suite 101
- 4) Dolphins: Mammals http://www.aqua.org/animals/species/prdolfin.html
- 5) Dolphin Research Institute http://www.dolphinresearch.org.au/
- 6) Dolphins at Enchanted Learning
- 7) Dolphins from Discovering Whales
- 8) Dolphins Around the World by S. Kirby
- 9) Frequently Asked Questions: Dolphins
- 10)Human Dolphin Institute http://www.human-dolphin.org/
A Thematic Web Unit
- This site contains a a thematic unit for
cooperative learning across an integrated
curriculum which is an interactive resource for
teachers, students, and parents.
- Other Whale Sites:
- 2) Discovering Whales http://www.omplace.com/omsites/discover/index.html
- 3) Whale Information from South Australian
Whale Center http://www.sawhalecentre.com/
- 4) Whales on the Net http://www.whales.org.au/home.html
- 5) Whales On the Net - Picture Gallery
- 6) Zoom Whales from Enchanted Learning
- Websites By Kids For Kids
(2001 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
- This website introduces whales and whale
spotting around South Africa.
The Oracles of the Sea (First place award,
1998 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
- Dolphins are as intelligent as a human being -
or are they? Find out the truth as you explore this
well-researched site on the different species of
oceanic dolphins, various small toothed whales
(they are closer to dolphins than whales), and
river dolphins. The site includes evolution,
taxonomy, anatomy, behavior, and more.
Into The World of Dolphins (Gold award,
2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- This website includes the life of a dolphin,
dolphin protection, dolphin species, and an
interactive section called fun lagoon.
of Whales (1996 ThinkQuest Internet
- Do you know that whales and dolphins are not
fish at all, but are types of marine mammal? Learn
more about them.
to the World of Cetacea (1997 ThinkQuest
- View a museum about dolphins from their
point-of-view as you look at pictures and gather
information about dolphin anatomy, habitat, and fun
and Their Habitat Around Man (1996
ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
- The tongue of a blue whale--the largest animal
in the world--can weigh up to 22 tons! Read other
interesting facts about the speed, color, and
eating habits of whales. Learn to identify the
different 'blows' of each kind of whale.
- More Whales & Dolphins Sites
Whales from Sea World
- Most scientists recognize three whales in the
whale group (suborder): right whale, rorqual whale,
and the gray whale. Others include a fourth, the
pygmy right whale.
- Other Sites from Sea World:
- 2) Beluga Whales http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/Beluga/home.html
- 3) Bottlenose Dolphins http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/Bottlenose/home.html
- 4) Killer Whales http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/KillerWhale/home.html
Gray Whale Tutorial
- The online lessons include: What is a
California Gray Whale?, Migration, Feeding,
Whaling, Whale Behavior, and Calving.
The Vermont Whale from University of
- Finding the bones of a marine whale in the
fields of rural Vermont is an intriguing dilemma
that poses a number of questions.
and Man.....Equals? by R. Blackstock
- This article considers the intelligence of
dolphins versus man and more.
Mammal Vocalizations: Language or Behavior?
by K. Amaral
- Find out if the sounds whales and dolphins make
are a form of communication or a simple behavior.
This site includes many marine mammal sound
Controversy by M. Scott
- For more than 25 years, the tuna-dolphin
controversy in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) has
raged in public debate, courts of law, scientific
meetings, the halls of Congress, and international
- Related Website:
- 2) Dolphin Protection and Tuna Seining by E.H.
- 3) Tuna/Dolphin Update by K. O'Connell
- 4) Tuna Fishing Report by M. Groswald http://www.hmcs-yukon.org/news/whitepaper/overview.htm
- Whale and
Dolphin Conservation Society
- This is the website of an organization
dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all
whales, dolphins and porpoises.
- Here you can find a 3D Animation and sound
environment for the visualization of the feeding
behaviors of Pacific Humpback Whales.
- When you run this online application, it will
ask you some questions and then try to identify the
whale that you have observed.
- By watching the whales you can prolong the life
of cetaceans as a species. This may be the last
chance before they say goodbye for this
- Websites For Teachers
Whales by L. Flammer
- Students will experience the historical
discovery of fossils which increasingly link whales
to earlier land-dwelling mammals.
a Whale of a Lesson! from Education
- This lesson planning article contains a bunch
of cross-curriculum activities related to Keiko,
killer whales, and Iceland.
Lesson Plans from Dolphin Quest
- Students are fascinated by dolphins and
intrigued by the ocean world. Here are some
elementary-level lessons for your students that
teach solid science concepts using dolphins as the
- Related Website:
- 2) Secondary Lesson Plans from Dolphin
Big is a Blue Whale? (Pre-K to Grade 2)
from Teachers Net
- Before starting this lesson, the teacher should
cut the shape of a whale's head and the shape of a
whale's tail out of chart paper. Make them as
life-sized as possible.
Made from Squares: Whale
- This fishy model is easy and good for
beginners. Have a whale of a time!
Studying Whales in Middle School (Grade
- This site has a four week unit on humpback
Controversy from FOR SEA Institute of
- This is a site of a sample lesson plan.
Connects to a related student page.
Lesson by L. Sehorne at Teachers
- This brief site has some good ideas for
learning activities on whales.
Teacher Guide (Grades K-3) from Sea
- Students will explore the natural history of
whales and recognize that humans are an
interconnected part of whales' ecosystems.
- Another Sea World Teacher Guide:
- 2) Orcas (In Spanish) http://www.seaworld.org/teacherguides/orcas/orcasintro.htm
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