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This curious calf swam right up to me for a close encounter. I could not have asked for better shooting conditions in the water.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Photograph by Phil Cothran, My Shot

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Secret Killers of Monterey Bay
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Secret Killers of Monterey Bay

Video.Orca populations shrink along the Pacific coast.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: california, canada, keystone species, orcas, pacific ocean, pollution, predators, whales, wild chronicles
1976 Whales of the World Poster
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1976 Whales of the World Poster

The "Whales of the World" poster was printed in December 1976. The poster features an overview article about whales, information about each species, and beautiful paintings by Larry Foster.

  • Concepts: marine mammals, ocean, whales
Big Blue
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Big Blue

Even bigger than the dinosaurs—how do other animals measure up to big blue?

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: animals, blue whales, measurement, size
Death of Keiko
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Death of Keiko

On December 12, 2003, Keiko, one of the most famous killer whales in the world, died of pneumonia in a Norwegian fjord.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: atlantic ocean, captivity, entertainment, keiko, orcas
Lunch in the Arctic
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Lunch in the Arctic

Photo: Polar bear stands on a whale carcass.

  • Concepts: arctic, dead bodies, eating, omnivores, polar bears, scavengers, whales
Commercial Whaling is Banned
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Commercial Whaling is Banned

On July 23, 1982, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban commercial whaling, the hunting and killing of whales for profit.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: conservation, hunting, international agreements, marine mammals, ocean, research, whales, whaling
Amazing Dolphins
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Amazing Dolphins

Check out these record-breaking dolphins.

  • Best for: Grades K-5 (ages 5-11)
  • Concepts: animals, dolphins , mammals, marine mammals, whales
Blue Whale in the Ocean
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Blue Whale in the Ocean

Photo: A Blue Whale in the Open Ocean

  • Concepts: blue whales, breathing strategy, marine mammals, pacific ocean
Catching a 200-Year-Old Whale
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Catching a 200-Year-Old Whale

Video. Photographer Paul Nicklen shares his experience photographing a bowhead whale and explains what makes this whale so special.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: animals, antarctica, bowhead whales , climate change, endangered species, ice, mammals, narwhals , ng live, ocean, ocean animals, paul nicklen, photography, whales
Killer Whale
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Killer Whale

Photo of a killer whale leaping out of the ocean.

  • Concepts: california, killer whales , orcas, pacific ocean
Blue Whale
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Blue Whale

Photo: A blue whale diving

  • Concepts: animals, blue whales, mammals, marine mammals, ocean, ocean animals, whales
Long-distance Ocean Travels
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Long-distance Ocean Travels

Follow along travel routes of oceanic species.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: animals, bluefin tuna, census of marine life , exploration, maps, migration, ocean, pinnipeds, seabirds, sharks, tagging, turtles, whales
Sperm Whale Gathering
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Sperm Whale Gathering

Sperm whales meet up, happy for the company after the males have been wandering on their own. They begin to size each other up to check on the competition for mating but remain friendly.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: animals, great migrations, migration, ocean, sperm whales, whales
Sperm Whale Migration
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Sperm Whale Migration

Female sperm whales travel in groups with their young, circling the oceans to find food, they may travel a million miles in a lifetime. Inhabiting warmer waters than the males who thrive in the Arctic, they must meet up in the middle near the Azores.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: animals, great migrations, migration, ocean, sperm whales, whales
Diving with Whales
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Diving with Whales

Brian Skerry photographs curious whales.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: brian skerry, ng live, ocean, photography, whales
Mapping Blue Whale Migration
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Mapping Blue Whale Migration

Students study whale migration routes using a map scale. They create stories of whale migrations drawing upon the reasons behind animal migration.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: animals, mapmaker kits, mapping, migration, ocean, tagging, whales
South for the Winter
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South for the Winter

Blue whales will go to great lengths to reach the rich feeding ground of the Costa Rica Dome, research shows.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: blue whales, central america, food, krill, maps, migration, pacific ocean, upwelling
People and Whales: A History
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People and Whales: A History

Students investigate people's historic relationship with whales and compare it to people's attitudes toward whales today.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: animals, conservation, endangered species, mammals, ocean, whales
Size Me Up—to a Blue Whale!
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Size Me Up—to a Blue Whale!

Students measure and use measurement conversions to learn about the size of six ocean animals and compare the animals' sizes to their own.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: animals, marine, marine organisms, measurement, ocean
Gray Whale Spyhop
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Gray Whale Spyhop

Photo. Cetaceans sometimes take a look around.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: animal behavior, marine mammals, spyhopping, whales
Humpback Breaching
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Humpback Breaching

Photo. 'Big Wing' is an excellent adaptation.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, biomimicry, flippers, fluid dynamics, humpback whales, marine mammals, ocean, physics, whales
Whaling Tools
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Whaling Tools

Illustration. Looking at some tools of the (bloody) trade.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: 19th century, butchering, history, hunting, tools, whales, whaling
The Gray Whale: Past, Present, and Future
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The Gray Whale: Past, Present, and Future

A short article on how the gray whale has teetered on the brink of extinction and subsequently recovered in some areas.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: animals, conservation, extinction, gray whales, hunting, marine mammals, migration, whales, whaling
Animal Navigation
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Animal Navigation

Students discuss the navigation methods of migratory animals. Then they watch videos, draw mental maps, and make connections between their maps and how migratory animals use mental maps and other cues.

  • Best for: Grades 5-8 (ages 10-14)
  • Concepts: animal migration, great migrations, mental maps, migratory species