Allied Whale resources

  • Adopt a Whale — $40 for single whale, $50 for mother-calf pair
    You’ll receive a certificate of adoption, 8 X 10 color photograph of an identified fin or humpback whale, biography of your whale and a sighting history, the book Discovering Whales of the East Coast, and a one-year subscription to Allied Whale’s newsletter. (Adoptions can be given as gifts, please include the recipient’s name and address.)
  • Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Maine  — $8.50 (including shipping and handling)This 24-minute educational film tells the story of Allied Whale and presents information learned during twenty years of marine mammal research in the Gulf of Maine. It features exciting and exclusive color footage of the commonly seen species of whales and seals.

WhaleNet supplementary materials

  • Marine Science Activities on a Budget—$13.00
  • The World of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises—Interdisciplinary Curriculum Units for pre-K through High School—$20.00
  • How to Build an Inflatable (55 ft.) Finback Whale—$8.00
  • Marine Science Bibliography—$3.00

Order from J. Michael Williamson 
10 Lenora Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Whale fact pack and dolphin fact pack

$5.25 + postage & handling 
These fact packs contain general information on cetaceans, fact sheets on each species, instructions on how to draw different species, and a bibliography. The American Cetacean Society also sells books, posters and prints, note cards, mobiles and shirts.

American Cetacean Society 
P.O. Box 2639 
San Pedro, CA 90731 
(310) 548-6279

Whale kits and lots of marine mammal info

The Teacher Resource Center at the New England Aquarium offers great resources for teachers. They have curriculum guides, videos, books, marine mammal parts, and programs. Some of this material is free and some requires a small fee.

Teacher Resource Center 
New England Aquarium 
Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110-3399 
(617) 973-6590 email: 

A Field Guide to Whales, Porpoises, and Seals from Cape Cod to Newfoundland

4th edition, by Steven K. Katona, Valerie Rough, and David T. Richardson. 1993. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. ISBN 1-56098-333-7.

This book contains excellent natural history information on marine mammal species found in the Gulf of Maine, extensive bibliographies of books, journal articles and multi-media, and a list of whale watching companies.

Whale in the Classroom Presents: Getting to Know the Whales

by Larry Wade, illustrated by Stephen Bolles. 1995. Singing Rock Press, Minnetonka, Minnesota. ISBN 0-9629395-2-8.

Getting to know the Whales (5th edition) is a workbook geared for kids 3rd-7th grade, who have a strong interest in marine mammals. It contains activities developed from actual scientific data contributed by marine biologists and includes interviews with whale biologists Stormy Mayo, Moira Brown, Hal Whitehead, and others.

In writing Getting to Know the Whales, Mr. Wade worked closely with marine biologists and used actual data they collected and shared with him. Mr. Wade also spent five years studying marine mammals in Quebec, Monterey, and San Diego, CA. Over the past 25 years, he has been an educator and has field-tested all of the activities in the book.

Topics include: Identifying Whale Species, Whale Anatomy, Feeding Behavior, Dive Behavior, Whale Speed, Migration, Identifying Individual Humpbacks, & the History of Whaling.

It is now $10, plus $3 shipping.


About Marine Mammals
Home page of the Mote Marine Lab. Contains their newsletter, information about the lab, and weather for Sarasota updated every 15 minutes.

Environmental Education on the Internet
Contains information, resources and links to other sites which support K-12 environmental education.

A great resource with links to marine mammal web sites, discussion groups and other homepages of interest.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The list of threatened and endangered animals produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Journey North
Tracks the northward spring migration of various species of animals including humpback and right whales, monarch butterflies, loggerhead sea turtles, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, loons, American robins, orioles. caribou, and migratory bats of the Sonoran Desert. Journey North provides information on the best maps, ask the expert, informational reports put together by students in classrooms around the world. An excellent program. Fax subscriptions are available for teachers without e-mail capabilities. Journey North 125 North First Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612)339-6959

Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion (MARMAM)
This is a listserv containing discussions on any topic pertaining to marine mammals. It is a great place to find resources like the list above and participate in or observe conversations between people with vastly different scientific and political views.

NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
Contains information on endangered species and on the conservation measures being taken to protect these animals.

NetVet: Marine Mammals
Contains species accounts and educational information produced by various aquariums.

Strategies for Pursuing a Career in Marine Mammal Science
Advice for the would-be marine mammalogist produced by the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

Thematic Whale Web Unit
Contains curriculum ideas on marine mammals.

An international collaboration of scientists, researchers and computer technologists working to get real data in the classroom. WhaleNet includes A.S.K. (acquire scientific knowledge) an Expert, curriculum guides and materials, logbook entries from research expeditions currently underway, location data from a satellite-tagged North Atlantic right whale, a database of marine mammal sightings, marine mammal bibliographies, links to its affliates’ homepages & more!