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Teacher Workshop: April 17, 2015


Seals on Cape Cod, Seals as Sentinels


Dr. Rebecca Gast

Dr. Andrea Bogomolni



8:45-9:15 Arrive, pick up parking passes, and park in School St. lot, walk to WHOI Exhibit Center

Breakfast: pastries, coffee, juice

9:30 – Quick introduction to WHOI, Sea Grant, and Exhibit Center

9:45 – 12:00:    Presentations by

Dr. Rebecca Gast : “Seals on Cape Cod”

The rebounding seal population on Cape Cod—issues and concerns

Dr. Andrea Bogomolni: “Seals as Sentinels”:

Seals and their health as sentinels of the marine environment

12:15-1:00  LUNCH, collect your lunches in the Exhibit Center (to eat outside or in)

1:30-2:30 – Afternoon session -- Hands-on Activities

1) using data collected by state for monitoring bacteria on beaches, Becky Gast

2) identifying seal dietary items and linking diet to ecology, Andrea Bogomolni

Optional short trip to see a by-caught seal in the WHOI marine mammal necropsy facility.

Links to existing classroom activities

Lessons on Pinnipeds, seals, and animal population assessment

NOAA Fisheries Information on Marine Mammals – background information


Classroom activity on identifying and tracking marine mammals including elephant seals


Lesson on identification of Alaska’s different pinnipeds


Downloadable lesson on Atlantic pinnipeds, from the National Park Service and Glacier Bay National Park – includes video link, vocabulary, and worksheets


Lesson plans from the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole: gr. 3-5 plan on marine mammals, including a link to slides to use in the lesson.


Marine Mammals in our Backyard, gr. 3-5 Lesson:

slides for this lesson:


National Geographic Society educator activities on Seals and Sea Lions – activity for younger students on classifying animals. Links to videos.


Activities about tagging and monitoring pinnipeds, from the

Pinniped Ecology Applied Research Lab, at Oregon State University:


The scientists have a research project using LHX (Life History Transmitter) Tags and telemetry to track pinnipeds:


The “Teacher Toolbox” page has links to curriculum for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 – the “Engineering Solutions for Sea Lion Research” lessons teach about using remote monitoring and are linked to Oregon science standards.