Not everyone is lucky enough to experience the sheer thrill of seeing a whale in the wild. For a lot of people, the marine world whales inhabit appears quite foreign and far away. And even though it may seem like there is nothing the average person can do to help these seemingly distant creatures, we must recognize and help maintain their place in the web of life in any way we can. Whales are magnificent creatures worthy of our respect and protection. When everyone (countries, governments, researchers, conservation organizations, schools, individuals) works together, we can make a big difference!
You can help whales in a number of ways
Appreciating and learning as much as you can about whales is an excellent first stepthe more you know, the more you can help. Here are a few educational links to get you started:
International Wildlife Coalitions web site with whale info, students and teachers activity guides and a whale adoption program.
Whale Songs is an educational site with resources for teachers, students and whale lovers. Through Whale Songs, instructors and students learn about cetaceans, gain a better understanding of marine research, and hopefully, find ways that they, too, can help save these great creatures so dangerously close to extinction.
Cetacea is a site that provides complete background information on every species of whale, dolphin and porpoise known to humankindeither search for a specific species or simply browse through the site.
Whales online is a reference and news site dedicated to education for the conservation of whales of the St. Lawrence and their natural habitat. For information about whales on the other side of the globe, visit their southern counterpart at http://www.whales-online.net.
WhaleNet is an interactive educational web site that focuses on whales and marine research and contains a helpful teachers information packet and curriculum units and resources.
All About Whales, with info sheets, classroom activities, quizzes, math puzzles, crafts and links.
Virtual Whales, a 3D animation and sound environment for the visualization of the feeding behaviours of Pacific humpback whales.
New-Brunswick.Net's Whales Section includes lots of information about whales found in the Atlantic provinces plus links to a great collection of whale songs.
For information on right whale research, visit http://www.rightwhaleweb.org. Be sure to check out the "Media Gallery" and the "Fun Stuff" section, where you can see pictures, video and sounds of the North Atlantic right whale.
Explore the Whale Center Of New Englands site for educational initiatives to understanding, appreciating and safeguarding marine mammals and their environment. They also have a whale adoption program and a great picture gallery.
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