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Whale Songs
http://www.whalesongs.org/

    This creative Web site, based on a teacher's journey aboard the research yacht Song of the Whales, provides resources, information, artwork, and suggested lessons about whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Activities include painting or writing a journal based on whale songs and sea explorations.
    This is a cool site that allows you to travel along with a science teacher, find out about cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), and never get seasick!

Marine Science for K12
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/marine.htm

    Text articles with some supporting pictures are available at this site describing the various kinds of marine mammals.
    Students who are doing research on dolphins would find this a helpful site. The facts are clearly written and presented in a well organized format.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center
http://www.mmsc.org/

    This New Jersey center tells how to report a marine animal stranding or support the work of the organization, as well as giving lots of information about the individual animals they save and the species they belong to.
    This is a well-organized site that uses frames if your browser has the ability. The internal search engine makes it easy to locate the good, solid information in the various sections of the site.

The National Marine Mammal Laboratory
http://nmml.afsc.noaa.gov/

    This site, maintained by NOAA, is a serious resource for students doing in-depth research on marine science topics. Information on a wide variety of marine mammals can be found in research reports and image galleries. Grades 6–12 would have an easier time reading the text and searching the site due to its heavily text-oriented format. The information is interesting and clearly organized.

Ocean Link
http://oceanlink.island.net/

    This site is a joint venture of Bamfield Marine Station, Vancouver Aquarium, Institute of Ocean Sciences, and the University of Victoria Education Faculty. It provides lots of information on careers in marine biology, as well as interesting background about a variety of marine animals such as whether dolphins sleep, or how much do their brains weigh.
    Students may enjoy the section from the Vancouver Aquarium the most. It's packed full of good information. The "Ask a Marine Scientist" section enables a student to get an answer to a specific question.

Ocean Planet: Smithsonian Institution
http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet.html

    At this Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, you can take a tour by using a clickable map, with sounds, images, and stories of ocean life. The educational resources to explore this vast topic are awesome! They address curriculum not only for the ocean, but other subjects related to water. Many resources are offered, such as lesson plans, fact sheets, family activities, books, and ways to download the curriculum from the New England Aquarium.
    Take a look at the "Theater Scripts" section, which includes writings from literature about the sea. There are seafarers' stories and photos here also.

Sea World/Busch Gardens: Animal Information Database
http://www.seaworld.org

    This is a well-organized site with format that's easy for students to follow. "Animal Bytes" provides a lot of easily digested material on different animals. There is a lot of information about conservation and research, rehabilitation, and how to become a volunteer or adopt an animal. Sample activities from Teacher's Guides and a bibliography on various animals are also available.

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