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Marine Mammals in Our Backyard

March 23, 2020

Grace Simpkins, Woods Hole Sea Grant and Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA

Whales are among the largest and oldest animals on earth and belong to a group of marine mammals called cetaceans. Seals are known to be the clowns of the sea and belong to a group of marine mammals called pinnipeds. Interested in learning more about marine mammals? Tune in to find out what makes a mammal a mammal and fun facts about those found around Cape Cod. (Grades 2-6) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Southern Ocean seal monitoring: Help monitor populations of seals across the world by tagging time-lapse and drone photographs.
» NOAA Office of Education: This resource collection on marine mammals includes valuable videos, background, activities, and more.
» Science Kids: Plant & Animal Differences Game – This game allows you to sort plants and animals into different categories such as birds, insects, mammals, etc.
» NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources: Whale species information pages.
» watch orcas, manatees, belugas, gray seals, and more (some cameras may only function during a certain season). Explore with dozens of other live cams!
» NOAA Ocean Today: Learn about some of the many species in your local waters and all over the world. Fun and informative 2-minute videos from learning about the North Atlantic right whales to feeding giant octopuses!
» NOAA Ocean Today Endangered Ocean: There are several short videos on topics ranging from the endangered species act, manatees, North Atlantic right whales, and more.