Marine Mammals of Washington

Only the tail of a gray whale shows as it dives beneath the ocean's surface

Elementary school students dive into coastal Washington and learn about 13 species of marine mammals. From dolphins to seals, students explore adaptations of marine mammals and use basic research skills to learn more about a species of their choice. Students investigate how marine mammals use their senses to find food, shelter, space, and mates.

The finale of the lesson asks students to create their own marine mammal, building on their knowledge of adaptations and senses of marine mammals.

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Marine Mammals of Washington

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