Student Resources

North Atlantic right whale video

As climate change becomes a larger issue, we are seeing the effects on marine mammals. Watch this short video describing how North Atlantic right whales are affected.

Humpback whale ID guide

Check out the Whale Sense website to understand how images of humpback whale flukes can help us identify individuals and learn more about humpback whale migration.

 Smithsonian’s whale warehouse

The Smithsonian has a vast collection of marine mammal artifacts in a massive warehouse that you can take a look at here. To learn more about some artifacts, check out this video.

Highly endangered vaquitas

The vaquita is a small porpoise on the brink of extinction. Residing in the Gulf of California, their population has dwindled to merely 10 or less individuals due to overfishing and bycatch. Learn more here.

Humpback whale song

Male humpback whales sing in breeding grounds and feeding grounds. These songs are crucial to their communication and behavior. Here, you can listen to the song of a humpback whale off the coast of Hawaii.  

Make-your-own blubber 

Under the skin of marine mammals lies a thick layer of fat: blubber. This special fat stores their energy, keeps them warm, and increases buoyancy.  Try this activity, make your own blubber, and test how well it works!


Teacher Resources

The value of a whale

In this lecture, Professor Sean Todd, College of the Atlantic’s Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences, discusses the value of marine mammals.

Voices in the sea

The lessons and activities include a wide range of activities, including website connections for research, podcast channels, and informative videos.

NOAA resources

Here you can find curriculums, webinars, maps, articles, videos, and more from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

3D skeleton models

Discover what the skeleton of a harbor seal and harbor porpoise look like in a 3D interactive model accompanied by a short description of the species.

IUCN red list

The list of threatened and endangered animals produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.


An international collaboration of scientists and computer technologists working to get real data in the classroom. Click here for more!

Mote marine lab

Their website contains their newsletter, activities, updates about the research in their lab, and in-person and virtual educational programs.

Adopt a whale

Adopt for your classroom and receive a photograph of an identified fin or humpback whale, biography of your whale, a sighting history, and more!