Whale World

whale world graphic with whale underwater. credit: M. Chang

Dive into the wonderful world of whales! Below, find three different activities you can try at home to explore the unique adaptations of cetaceans (including odontocetes, or toothed whales like beluga whales and dolphins, and mysticetes, or baleen whales like blue whales and right whales).  Each activity is a downloadable PDF that includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. 

photo of a killer whale jumping out of the waterWHALE WORLD: HEARING UNDERWATER
Explore how cetaceans hear underwater. Make a model that mimics how these animals use fatty tissues in their jaws to detect sound.

whale popping up out of water with an open mountWHALE WORLD: BALEEN
Baleen whales are some of the largest animals on Earth, but their food is tiny. This activity explores their highly specialized filter-feeding structure.