"The whales of Puget Sound are the most
toxic whales on Earth.
Puget Sound is just a huge cesspool. Well, imagine if that goes global."
Cook Inlet Belugas are in
The population of this
genetically distinct species has shrunk to a critically low number in
the Alaskan waters of Cook Inlet, despite a 7-year harvest limit on
hunting. The National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct a
review of possible threats to determine if the inlet belugas need to be
put on the Endangered and Threatened list. Noise, development and
pollution will be investigated as possible causes.
classification and behavior; real-time satellite tracking of marine life; how to analyze data and maps; what to do if you find a stranded marine mammal.
Interact with researchers and scientists; share experiences with student
researchers; read about animal rescue and rehabilitation; experience the daily journal of
A Day on a Whale Watch; see movie clips; listen to whales and learn about underwater
acoustics and the science of sounds.
||Whales, dolphins and
porpoises are warm-blooded, air-breathing mammals that live in every ocean
on the planet. Many of them make long migrations and have very
interesting behavior and ways of communicating. Learn more about
cetaceans and what is being done to protect them. See links to Whales and
Dolphins on left navigation bar. (WorldWildlife.org)
Dolphins, and Porpoises
||Learn about the scientific
taxonomic order that cetaceans are categorized in, number of species,
behaviors we are aware of, how they navigateby echolocation, and what
scientists know and don't know about why some of these species "strand"
themselves on beaches. (Nat'l Marine Mammal Laboratory - NOAA)
Orca at Home
|"Orcas are a key indicator species of what’s happening to the
health of marine ecosystems around the world."
"...at the top of the ocean food chain, they’re also “sentinels
of the contaminants” all around humans."
||The Ocean Alliance (Whale
Conservation Institute) works to protect whales and the oceans they live in
through their global research, scientific expeditions, education programs,
and raising awareness of the threats to the ocean environment and cetaceans.
They work to influence the general public and world governments to adopt
laws to protect ocean habitat and species. Links are provided to
educational information, videos, photos, sounds, reports from Voyage of the
Odyssey and research scientists, and resources to learn all about these
are mammals, not fish. Learn about baleen whales (right whales, gray
whales, and rorquals), and toothed whales (sperm whales, beaked whales, belugas and
narwhals, dolphins and porpoises, and
river dolphins). You may be
surprised to learn where whales nostrils are and how they breathe when
they come to the surface. Baby Blue Whales gain about 200 pounds a
day on their mother whale's rich milk, and they grow to be the largest
animals on Earth. Click on the illustrations in this article to
enlarge the pictures.
|Winston, the whale-watching dog (the one with the drooling
tongue and the binoculars), is so excited to tell you about his friends, the Gray Whales,
that he can't stop wagging his tail. You will love the fun and colorful
illustrations on this site, while you "bone-up" on your knowledge about this
important species. List of resource links is provided to help you find more
information about whales, porpoises and dolphins. Winston wants you to be a friend
to the Gray Whales too. Will you?
|Known as "those guys who rescue whales," CCS is
the only institution (at the time of this writing) on the East Coast of the U.S. with federal authorization to perform
whale rescues, working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard to
disentangle whales from fishing gear at sea.
Story of Survival"
|One of the world's rarest animals is discovered entangled
in 300 ft. of heavy fishing net and in very serious danger. This northern right
whale is the most endangered of all the large whales. Read the story of the daring
attempt by rescuers to cut the fishing net loose in dangerously high seas. Metompkin
is very important for the survival of her species.
||Join the crew on the research vessel, Song of the Whale,
for a 2-week excursion in the Azores Islands. Read the detailed journals of the
American science teacher onboard and click on the pictures and sound links. What an
unbelievable experience to swim alongside such gentle giants.
|| A YEN FOR
WHALE SPECIES STILL BEING HUNTED AND KILLED
Harpooning the Whale Ban
"Awash in whale, Japan can't eat it all"
FACTS ABOUT WHALES
||Scientists have found
evidence that Alaskan Bowhead whales can live 150-211 years. As much
as two centuries!
In winter, Gray whales swim almost 5,600 miles
from Alaska to the warm waters of Mexico where they will give birth.
Then each April they swim all the way back up to Alaska.
|Fewer Gray Whales
Gray Whales may be in trouble, as fewer whales have migrated to their
breeding grounds in Mexico's lagoons this year.
||The Blue Whale is the
largest living animal on Earth.
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