Books, Movies, Songs & Website Links

Recommended Books

Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification – 2nd Edition by Thomas A. Jefferson, Ph.D, Marc A. Webber & Robert L. Pittman

Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales by Elin Kelsey

Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams

Saving The Whales: A Bwana Doc Adventure by D. R. Schneider

A Whale For The Killing by Farley Mowat

Behind The Dolphin Smile by Richard O'Barry

Chicken Soup for the Ocean Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield

D is For Dolphin by Cami Berg & Illustrated by Janet Biondi

Eye of the Whale by Dick Russell

In The Company of Whales by Alexandra Morton

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Killer Whales of the World by Robin w. Baird

Mind In The Waters by Joan McIntyre

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Orca, The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt

Seasons of the Whales by Erich Hoyt

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Song of Sedna by Robert D. San Souci

Song of the Whale by Rex Wyler

The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins by Stephen Leatherwood & Randall Reeves

The Whales of Hawaii by Kenneth C. Balcomb III & Illustrated by Larry Foster

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises by National Geographic Society

Recommended Movies & Songs


Blackfish Documentary expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

Free Willy 1 & 2

Whale Rider (2003)

Whale Songs:

Baby Beluga by Raffi

Recommended Website Links

Educational Links:

The Discovery of Sound in the Sea web site, developed by the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Office of Marine Programs (OMP) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc. of Newport, RI, will introduce you to the science and uses of Sound in the Sea. There are several major sections on the site such as The Science of Sound in the Sea, People and Sound in the Sea, and Animals and Sound in the Sea. You will find the site's Audio Gallery a fascinating place to visit where you can listen to underwater sounds created by marine animals, human activities, and natural phenomena such as lightning, earthquakes, and rain. Watch video interviews with scientists that study how marine animals produce and hear sounds. There is also a special section for teachers with resources and classroom activities.

Grupo Tortuguero is a network of individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions from around the world, dedicated to sea turtle conservation. We work to increase connectivity, information sharing and collaboration efforts between a wide network of local fishermen and community members, partner organizations, and entities that make up Grupo Tortuguero.

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch  recommendation to help you choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment. Get their Seafood Watch Consumer Guide that shows you which seafood items are "Best Choices" or "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid." Also, download their Seafood Watch App (available for iOS and Android) that makes it easy to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, learn more about the seafood you eat, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood.

Orca Live is a virtual site where you can see & hear wild orcas in British Columbia.

Math in Motion invites you to discover the creative language of mathematics through Origami in the Classroom. Make an origami whale that is integrated with math.

Coast For You is a California Coastal Commission site. Adopt A Beach for clean ups and FREE to California educators Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds Science Activity Guide (154 pages). Also available in PDF format.

Sea Grant Marine Careers is an excellent resource for students interested in careers in marine science.

Marine, Coastal and Watershed Resource Directory lists 400 organizations in California that provide outreach or volunteer opportunities.

Minden Pictures provides beautiful animal and earth photographs for sale from the worlds most famous wildlife photographers. Several of the marine mammal photos are seen on Save The Whales website.

Whale Population Statistics Educational Concepts and Skills includes geography, use of maps & charts, and environmental relationships

Research Links:

Ocean Conservation Research (OCR) is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals. OCR engage in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. We use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.

Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) is a 10-year project (headquartered at Hopkins Marine Station, Long Marine Lab, and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Center in Pacific Grove, both in California) that is putting satellite tags on thousands of the Pacific Ocean’s top predators. Its new site uses the latest Web technology to connect humans who love and are intrigued by the oceans with the lives of ocean-going animals. It features animated maps of migrating white sharks, leatherback turtles, salmon sharks and elephant seals, with 18 more species to come. Researchers blog daily, currently from a shark-tagging cruise off California, a turtle-tagging expedition in Indonesia, and a black-footed albatross fledgling tagging in Midway Atoll. By downloading a widget, kids (and adults) can maintain a direct connection to a live wild migrating animal in the Pacific Ocean.

Other features on TOPP include videos, updated ocean news, photo-of-the-day, ask-a-researcher, and feature stories about the research, the animals and the scientists.

The site was created by the same team behind the Great Turtle Race. That project demonstrated that the approach of engaging the general public with interactive graphics, combined with stories that explain the science by using multimedia tools and by linking directly to a living, migrating animal, is a powerful way to educate people.

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