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Adelie Penguin
Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Basking Shark
Black Footed Albatross
Bottlenose Dolphin
Common Dolphin
False Killer Whale
Flatback Turtle
Geography
Glaucous Gull
Gray Seal
Gray Whale
Greater Shearwater
Green Turtle
Harbor Porpoise
Harbor Seal
Harp Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Hawksbill Turtle
Hooded Seal
Humpback Whale
Leatherback Turtles
Lesser Scaup
Loggerhead Turtles
Marine Sanctuaries
Northern Elephant Seal
Olive Ridley Turtle
Pink-footed Shearwater
Polar Bear
Right Whale
Ringed Seal
Satellite Tracking Links
Sea Turtles
Seals
Sooty Shearwater
Southern Elephant Seal
Steller Sea Lion
Steller's Eider
Tiger Shark
Tools
Walrus
   Quick Map Search from National Geographic
Type in a location and get a huge list of maps you can zoom in on.
 

Adelie Penguin

   Antarctic Connection
Fact sheets for all penguins and daily news updates on Antarctica.
 
   Ask-a-Researcher -- Penguins
Real questions from students tell us everything about penguins.
 
   Australian Antarctic Divisiion -- Adelei Penguin Research
Fact sheet, Antarctic range map,Satellite tracking, and Automated Penguin Monitoring System (APMS).
 
   BBC Science & Nature -- Penguins
Fact sheet with statistics.
 
   Busch Gardens Penguin Info
Overview of all penguin species. Physical characteristics section highlights coloration differences between species with photos.
 
   Landcare Research/Manaaki Whenua (New Zealand) - Adelie Penguin
Sounds of Adelie penguin individuals and whole colonies.
 
   National Geographic Penguins
Video of breeding, egg hatchin, raising and feeding the chicks.
 
   Penguin Science
How giant icebergs, disappearing sea ice, and shifting weather patterns are affecting penguins. Has a penguin cam plus video and lots of images.
 
   Penguin Video
Online video of penguins
 

Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna

   ARKive -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Covers status, threats, and conservation. Photos of fish and their domestic ocean farming.
 
   Florida Museum of Natural History -- Blue Fin Tuna
Basic biology, photos of spawning and juvenile fish. World distribution map.
 
   Marinebio -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Discussion links sport fishing and the drop in Atlantic populations. Photo gallery with schools, tuna trapped in nets, and links to other websites.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Fact sheet includes mating systems, lifespan/longevity and conservation status.
 
   National Geographic -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Basic facts, focus on overfishing. Map of tuna range.
 
   NOAA -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Covers sustainability status, biomass, and nutrition. Photo of tuna on plate. Links to others sites.
 
   PNSA -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Article explaining the tracking device technology used on the tuna.
 
   Sciencene-- Mingling of East and West Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Article on bi-coastal distribution, intermingling, commercial management.
 
   TOPP - Blue Fin Tuna
Information and a map of Blue Fin Tuna on the TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators) website.
 
   WWF -- Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna
Article on collapse of tuna populations with video and tuna sounds.
 

Basking Shark

   Arkive Shows the World’s 2nd Largest Fish
Description of the shark and its health in our seas.
 
   MARINEBIO-Sharing the Wonders of the Ocean
Comprehensive fact sheet with range maps.
 
   National Geographic and the Prehistoric Looking Basking Shark
Not seen in near Australia in 80 years the creature reappears.
 
   NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Characteristics of the shark and tagging work highlights.
 
   Shark Sider
Information about the shark includes video.
 
   Shark Trust’s Basking Shark Project
Shark diet and exciting science of the basking shark.
 

Black Footed Albatross

   Albatross -- Video
YouTube site of mating dance.
 
   ARKive -- Black-footed Albatross Videos
Videos and photos, fact sheet, and conservation status.
 
   Audubon -- Black Footed Albatross
Great conservation and life history information on the Black Footed Albatross
 
   Birdlife International - Black Footed Albatross
Factsheet focusing on population estimates and trends, range and threats, and current conservation measures.
 
   Black-footed Albatross -- Endangered list
Article on endangered species status and photos.
 
   Cornell Lab - All About Birds -- Black Footed Albatross
Description, Life history and range map
 
   eNature Black Footed Albatross
Basic description, jabitat and range. Interesting link to the Albatross conundrum. Talks about how the survival of this bird defies common sense.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Black-footed Albatross
Fact sheet, conservation status and links to US Migration Bird Act and IUCN red list of endangered species.
 
   Natureworks
Kid-Friendly site with plenty of Albatross info for species experts.
 
   Ocean Wanderers
Learn about different kinds of Albatrosses.
 
   Oikonos - Exploring Albatross Movements
Oikonos is developing, in conjunction with partners from university and resource management agencies, a multi-disciplinary research program to assess the habitats and the conservation status of marine birds in the California Current System. Find out more.
 
   Seattle Bird Web
Use this site for good information and photos for species experts.
 
   US Fish and Wildlife Service - Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge -- Black-footed Albatross
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge local data. Links to other Midway sea birds.
 
   Whatbird - Black-footed Albatross -- Drawings
Fact sheet and Audubon type illustrations and drawings.
 

Bottlenose Dolphin

   American Cetacean Society -- Bottle Nose Dolphin
Great fact sheet including description, maps, conservation status and more.
 
   Busch Gardens Education Center
Scientific classification, habitat & distribution, physical characteristics, senses, adaptations, communication & echolocation, behavior, diet, reproduction, birth & care of young, longevity & causes of death, conservation and resources.
 
   Defenders of Wildlife - Bottle Nose Dolphin
Description, diet, population, range, behavior, threats and status.
 
   Marinebio -- Bottle Nose Dolphin
Visit the photo gallery and read detailed information about the Bottlenose Dolphin at this site.
 
   National Geographic -- Bottlenose Dolphin
Fast facts, profile, photo and range map.
 
   National Geographic for Kids -- Bottlenose Dolphin
Facts & Photos, video & Sound, Range map. Defines and discusses echolocation.
 

Common Dolphin

   American Cetacean Society -- Common Dolphin
Good site for general facts about the Common Dolphin.
 
   ARKive -- Common Dolphin Photos
Photos and video of common dolphin
 
   Common Dolphin Distribution Map
Map showing global distribution of the common dolphin.
 
   Common Dolphins -- Audio Recording
Sounds of common dolphins
 
   Differences between Dolphins and Porpoises
Chart illustrating the differences between dolphins and porpoises.
 
   Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust - Common Dolphin
Detailed physical description, habitat, distribution, behavior food and conservation status.
 
   Museum of Zoology--Animal Diversity Web--University of Michigan--Common Dolphin
Helpful site for general facts about the Common Dolphin.
 
   NOAA -- Common Dolphin
NOAA Fisheries Fact Sheet
 
   Photo gallery -- Common Dolphin
Common dolphin photo gallery and fact sheet on behavior.
 

False Killer Whale

   ARKive -- False Killer Whale
Description, range and habitat, biology, threats and conservation of the false killer whale.
 
   Cascadia Research - information on false killer whale biology and conservation in Hawaii including photos and video
Action photos showing: group association, head physiology and carrying prey (tuna) in their mouth.
 
   Cascadia Research - Key facts and status of Hawaiian False Killer Whales (Dec 2010)
Describes threats to the population of Hawaiian insular false killer whales that have lead to their decline.
 
   Discovery of Sound in the Sea -- False Killer Whale
Head profile and open mouth photos, description and audio recording.
 
   Dolphins and More -- False Killer Whale
A detailed list and illustrations of the 32 different types of dolphins.
 
   Marinebio -- False Killer Whale
Description and behavior with a good illustration.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- False Killer Whale
Basic Facts with a discussion of behavior, communication and perception (echolocation).
 
   NOAA - False Killer Whale
Covers physiology/description, habitat, distribution, population trends and threats.
 
   Seapics -- False Killer Whale
Although this is a commercial photo site the first picture in the group shows the False Killer Whales head and open mouth shot from below the surface. You can see the teeth in the jaw, the tongue and the eye socket.
 
   YouTube video -- False Killer Whale
Video showing a group of False Killer Whales approaching a boat.
 

Flatback Turtle

   ARKive - Images of Life on Earth - Flatback Turtle
Fact sheet about the Flatback Turtle including range, habitat, and more.
 
   Flatback Turtle Hatching Video
YouTube video of Flatback Turtle hatching out of the egg shell taken at Flinders Beach, Mapoon, Queensland Australia.
 
   MarineBio - Flatback Sea Turtles
Fact sheet about the Flatback Turtle.
 
   Oceana - Protecting the World's Oceans - Flatback Sea Turtle
Fact sheet about the Flatback Turtle from Marine Wildlife Encyclopedia.
 
   Sea Turtle Conservancy - Flatback Sea Turtle
Fact sheet about the Flatback Turtle.
 
   Sea Turtle Outlines
A brief summary of each of the eight species of Sea Turtle.
 
   Sea Turtle, Inc. - Flatback Sea Turtle
Fact sheet about the Flatback Turtle.
 

Geography

   ACME Mapper
Start by entering the Latitude Longitude point to see the location on maps or black and white Terra satellite imagery. Use "Scale" to ZOOM in
 
   Distance Between 2 Points
If you have two lat/long points, you can get the distance between them!
 
   GOOGLE Maps!
Look anywhere in the world! Look at your house, or animal habitats from the air! This simple to use interface is exceptional, flexible and free. Click on "Satellite" on the top right. Click ZOOM-IN with the tool on th etop left of the imagery. YOU CAN ENTER LATITUDE-LONGTITUDE coordinates to see a habitat (i.e 74.5N 93.4W). YOU CAN ENTER a town name...TRY IT!
 

Glaucous Gull

   Cornell Lab - All About Birds -- Glaucous Gull
Identification, Life history and range map.
 
   Glaucous Gull Photos
Good pictures here!
 
   USGS: Fact Sheet
Good site for general information.
 
   Whatbird -- Glacous Gull
Excellent site for general information and detailed pictures.
 

Gray Seal

   Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan -- Gray Seal
Fact sheet, economic importance, and conservation status.
 
   NOAA - Gray Seal
Links to other websites, including OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System).
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Gray Seal
History and status of seals, lifestyle, statistics, and birth information.
 
   Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies -- ID of Harbor, Gray, Harp, Hooded and Ringed Seals
Male and female differences. Drawings and photos of seal heads.
 
   Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - Gray Seal
Basic fact sheet, distribution map, length, weight, photos.
 

Gray Whale

   ACS -- Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project
You may compare the frequency of sightings from year to year with the bar graphs from the American Cetacean Society.
 
   ACS Gray Whale Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet from the American Cetacean Society
 
   Alaska Sea Grant -- Gray Whale
Nice pictures and helpful Gray Whale information.
 
   ARKive--Gray Whale
Gray Whale photos and videos.
 
   Defenders of Wildlife - Whales
Good, user-friendly whale information.
 
   Museum of Zoology--Animal Diversity Web--University of Michigan--Gray Whale
Good site for general information about the Gray Whale.
 
   NOAA-- Gray Whale
Excellent Gray Whale photos as well as useful information for species experts.
 

Greater Shearwater

   Birdlife International - Greater Shearwater
Factsheet focuses on range and population, ecology and threats.
 
   Birdweb.org--Greater Shearwater
Greater Shearwater photos.
 
   Duke University--Greater Shearwater
Photos of Greater Shearwater in flight shearing the ocean surface.
 
   Greater Shearwater--Stamps of Tristen da Cunha
Greater Shearwater images on stamps.
 
   Museum of Zoology--Animal Diversity Web--University of Michigan--Greater Shearwater
Fact sheet and photos.
 
   Provincetown Coastal Studies--Greater Shearwater
Shearwater comparison.
 
   US Geological Survey -- Greater Shearwater
Fact sheet and photos.
 
   Whatbird - Greater Shearwater -- Drawings
Audubon type illustrations and drawings. Includes range map and related birds.
 

Green Turtle

   Caribbean Conservation Corporation -- Green Sea Turtles
Teacher resources, coloring pages, online newsletter for kids.
 
   Green Sea Turtle - Conservation Issues and Status
Basic facts with a focus on conservation status and conservation organizations.
 
   Green Sea Turtle picture
Great picture of a Green Sea Turtle.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Green Sea Turtle
Basic fact but with a focus on reproduction.
 
   National Geographic -- Crittercam -- Tiger Shark vs Sea Turtles
Video reveals why Loggerhead Turtles are 5x more likely to be eaten by Tiger Sharks then are Green Sea Turtles. GST spend little time at the surface thereby avoiding the sharks which hunt from below their prey
 
   NOAA - Green Sea Turtle with photos
Species description and links to recovery plans from the Federal Registry.
 
   NOAA Helps return 14 Sea Turtles to the Wild
Release and tracking of sea turtles.
 
   NYS Department of Environmental Conservation -- Sea Turtles
Fact Sheet with colored illustrations depicting differences in shells and heads of sea turtle species.
 
   Sea Turtle Circular Comparision Chart
World wide distribution, population information and species outlines.
 

Harbor Porpoise

   American Cetacean Society Fact Sheet - Harbor Porpoise
Fact sheet with description of fins and fluke.
 
   ARKive -- Harbor Porpoise
Videos, photos, status, and conservation.
 
   Differences between Dolphins and Porpoises
Chart illustrating the differences between dolphins and porpoises.
 
   Harbor Porpoise Information Page
Lots of background including photos, videos, and tracking information.
 
   Harbor Porpoise on the Move!
Has a great video of a harbor porpoise in action.
 
   Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust - Harbor Porpoise
Detailed physical description, habitat, distribution, behavior, food and conservation status.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Harbor Porpoise
Fact sheet, focus on conservation status.
 
   National Geographic -- Harbor Porpoise
Photos and multimedia with audio.
 
   NOAA -- Harbor Porpoise
Fact sheet with good links to other websites.
 
   Ocean Conservancy Harbor Porpoise
Contains general information about harbor porpoises as well as threats to them, and how you can help!
 
   YouTube video -- Harbor Porpoise
Video of porpoise breathing at the surface.
 

Harbor Seal

   Alaska Dept of Fish and Game-- Harbor Seal
Plenty of harbor seal information for species experts.
 
   Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission
Native Alaskan programs for conservation and preservation of Harbor Seal.
 
   Alaska SeaLife Center -- Harbor Seal
Photo gallery, scientific and environmental research, causes of decline.
 
   Busch Gardens Harbor Seal Info
Information on every aspect of lifecycle plus conservation and reading references for kids.
 
   E-Nature Harbor Seal Page
Use this site for information about harbor seal diets, behavior, and sizes.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Harbor Seal
Fact sheet and photo gallery.
 
   News Report -- Harbor Seal in New York Harbor
Local CNN news story of Harbor seal that swims into New York Harbor.
 
   NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources -- Harbor Seal
Fact sheet and links to other resources.
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Harbor Seal
Covers distribution, status and lifestyle. Great photos.
 
   Point Reyes National Seashore -- Harbor Seal
National Park Service fact sheet with discussion about seal haul outs.
 
   Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies -- ID of Harbor, Gray, Harp, Hooded and Ringed Seals
Male and female differences. Drawings and photos of seal heads.
 

Harp Seal

   BBC Nature -- Harp Seal
Fact sheet and photos.
 
   Harp Seal Underwater Camera
Check out video streaming of a harp seal!
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Harp Seal
Fact Sheet, photos and information on communication and perception.
 
   Nature.ca -- Harp Seal
Fact sheet, size, physical features and line drawings.
 
   NOAA - Harp Seal
Link to New England Aquarium for health analysis and link to Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (Photos).
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Harp Seal
Covers distribution, status and lifestyle. Great photos.
 
   Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies -- ID of Harbor, Gray, Harp, Hooded and Ringed Seals
Male and Female differences. Drawings and photos of seal heads.
 
   Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - Harp Seal
Basic fact sheet, distribution map, length, weight, photos.
 

Hawaiian Monk Seals

   Aloha Hawaii-- Monk Seal
Good information about Hawaii's native seal.
 
   Defenders of Wildlife - Hawaiian Monk Seal
Species fact sheet
 
   Earthtrust - Hawaiian Monk Seals
Biology and natural history plus factors affecting populations.
 
   International Fund for Animal Welfare - Hawaiian Monk Seal
Information on life cycle, threats, and conservation of Hawaiian Monk Seals.
 
   Midway Atoll -- Hawaiian Monk Seal
Fact sheet with links to other animals on Midway.
 
   Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan -- Monk Seal
Geographic range, habitats, physical description, gestation, birth weight, behavior, food habits, economic importance to humans and conservation status.
 
   National Geographic -- Hawaiian Monk Seal
Photos and multimedia audio, fact sheet.
 
   NOAA - Hawaiian Monk Seal
Links to recovery programs, ongoing research, stock status in Marine Mammal Research Program.
 
   NOAA - Monk Seal Mission Log
2006 NOAA teacher-at-sea mission log for Hawaiian monk seal on Kure Atoll.
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Hawaiian Monk Seal
Covers distribution, status and lifestyle. Great photos.
 

Hawksbill Turtle

   ARKive -- Hawksbill Turtle Videos
Photos and videos, including the hatchlings moving to the sea.
 
   Florida Hawksbill Research and Conservation Program
Ongoing project investigating the kinds of sea sponges that the Hawksbill Turtles eat.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Hawksbill Turtle
Fact sheet with photos and links to other turtle websites.
 
   NOAA -- Hawksbill Turtle
Fact sheet with color photos and links to other Hawksbill Turtle websites.
 
   US Fish and Wildlife Service -- Hawksbill Turtle
Fact sheet and bibliography
 

Hooded Seal

   Hooded Seal Basics
basic information on hooded seals + images from sea walks.
 
   Marinebio - Hooded Seal
Brief information on hooded seals, including diet and behavior.
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Hooded Seal
Extensive information and a great picture of a seal's "hood."
 
   WhaleNet Fact Sheet
Fact sheet from our collaborating partner.
 
   WhaleNet Hooded Seal Slide Show
View a slide show of the release of "Stephanie," a hooded seal.
 

Humpback Whale

   American Cetacean Society -- Humpback Whale
Physical description, color, fins and flukes, range map and status.
 
   ARKive  Humpback Whale
Description, range and habitat, biology, threats and conservation of the Humpback Whale.
 
   ARKive -- Humpback Whale
Description, range and habitat, biology, threats and conservation of the Humpback Whale.
 
   BBC -- Humpback Whale
Videoclips, underwater photography showing throat grooves, whale song.
 
   Discovery of Sound in the Sea -- Humpback Whale
Sounds of Humpback Whale, videos of whales swimming, spectra of sound, explains physics of whale songs.
 
   Marinebio -- Humpback Whale
Description and behavior with a good illustration of Humpback Whale.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of MichiganHumpback Whale
Basic facts with a discussion of behavior, communication and perception (echolocation)
 
   National Geographic -- Humpback Whale
Photos and mulitmedia audio, fact sheet.
 
   NOAA -- Humpback Whale
Covers physiology/description, habitat, distribution, population trends and threats
 

Leatherback Turtles

   Leatherback Turtles -- Studies at Stanford University
Story of the tagging of Leatherback Turtles in order to study their movements and migration patterns.
 

Lesser Scaup

   Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research - Scaup migration
Signals of Spring Collaborating Partner site leads Canadian research with sea duck
 

Loggerhead Turtles

   Caribbean Conservation Corporation -- Loggerhead Turtles
Fact Sheet plus global map of nesting sites
 
   Marinebio -- Loggerhead Turtles
Fact sheet with downloadable sea turtle identification card
 
   National Geographic for Kids -- Loggerhead Turtle
Facts&photos, video&sound, range map. Shows baby Loggerhead Turtles crawling to the sea.
 
   Photo of loggerhead turtle
Photo showing carapace and head of loggerhead turtle.
 
   WWF Loggerhead Turtles
Physical description, ecology & habitat, Population & distribution, threats (bycatch) and importance to marine ecosystems.
 

Marine Sanctuaries

   National Marine Sanctuaries 2008 Accomplishments Report
This is a really cool 2-minute animation on ocean action and a way to participate in the drive to "sea" change.
 

Northern Elephant Seal

   ARKive -- Northern Elephant Seal
Photos, especially of males with their large probiscus, front and back flippers
 
   California State Parks - Northern Elephant Seal
Fact sheet, breeding site at Ano Nuevo State Park, and audio of seals.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Northern Elephant Seal
Fact sheet, range, ecosystem roles, economic importance and conservation status.
 
   National Geographic -- Northern and Southern Elephant Seal
Dicussion of both Northern and Southern Elephant Seals.
 
   NOAA -- Northern Elephant Seal
Fact sheet with links to Channel Islands and Monterey Bay Sanctuaries videos.
 
   Ocean Oasis Field Guide -- Northern Elephant Seals
Covers range, habitat, natural history and conservation status with photos of beached seals.
 
   Pinnipeds.org -- Northern Elephant Seal Seal
Status, Lifestyle and statistics Plus Photos.
 

Olive Ridley Turtle

   ARKive - Images of Life on Earth - Olive Ridley Turtle
Fact sheet about the Olive Ridley Turtle including range, habitat, and more.
 
   ARKive - Images of Life on Earth - Olive Ridley Turtle
Many of pictures of Olive Ridley Turtles.
 
   EuroTurtle - Sea Turtle Outlines
A brief summary of each of the eight species of Sea Turtle.
 
   MarineBio - Olive Ridley Turtle
Fact sheet about the Olive Ridley Turtle.
 
   NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources - Olive Ridley Turtle
Fact sheet about the Olive Ridley Turtle.
 
   Sea Turtle Conservancy - Olive Ridley Turtle
Fact sheet about the Olive Ridley Turtle.
 
   University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web - Olive Ridley Turtle
Fact sheet about the Olive Ridley Turtle.
 

Pink-footed Shearwater

   ARKive - Images of Life On Earth - Pink-footed Shearwater
Fact sheet including information on range, habitat, and more.
 
   Birdlife International -- Pink-footed Shearwater
Conservation information and range map.
 
   BirdWeb - Pink-footed Shearwater
Fact sheet including range maps for Pink-footed Shearwater.
 
   Internet Bird Collection -- Pink-footed Shearwater
9 videos of pink-footed shearwaters.
 
   Whatbird - Pink-footed Shearwater
Audubon type illustrations and drawings. Includes a range map and a list of relared birds.
 

Polar Bear

   Busch Gardens Polar Bear Info
Information on all aspects of Polar Bear Lifecycle including longevity and causes of death. Also covers conservation status and research.
 
   Defenders of Wildlife - Polar Bear
Includes detailed facts about the Polar Bear.
 
   IUCN -- Polar Bear Population Map
Click on an area of this interactive map and get a detailed report on current population status. (from: International Union for Conservation of Nature Polar Bear Specialist Group).
 
   National Geographic -- Crittercam and Wildcam
Live cam from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and info on polar bear behavior
 
   NOAA -- Arctic Theme Page -- Polar Bear
Discussion of how climate change is affecting Polar Bear populations.
 
   PBS
Find information on habitat, description, and behavior here.
 
   Polar Bear International
Everything you need to know about the Polar Bear. Check out the web cam!
 
   World Wildlife Fund
Great site including information on habitat, diet, and threats to the species.
 
   Yahoo - Disney Nature - Earth DVD - Polar Bear Aerials
Shows a Polar Bear swimming beneath the greatly reduced sea ice cover. Illustrates how the melting ice floes can no longer serve as a base for hunting/eating/reproduction/resting.
 

Right Whale

   American Cetacean Society -- North Pacific Right Whale
Physical description, color, fins and flukes, range map and status.
 
   ARKive -- North Pacific Right Whale
Description, range and habitat, biology, threats and conservation of the whales.
 
   Center for Coastal Studies Research -- Right Whale
Some data on our maps comes from the good work these folks do.
 
   Discovery of Sound in the Sea -- North Pacific Right Whale
Sounds of Right Whales
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- North Pacific Right Whale
Basic facts with a discussion of behavior, communication and perception (echolocation)
 
   National Geographic -- Right Whale
Photos and multimedia audio, fact sheet.
 
   NOAA -- North Pacific Right Whale
Covers physiology/description, habitat, distribution, population trends and threats
 
   Right Whale Basics
All of the basics on right whales. A good starting point for species experts.
 
   Right Whale Status Information
Learn about right whale population numbers and endangered species status.
 
   Right Whale Tagging Program (NOAA)
The government: NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] has high interest in monitoring Right Whales.
 
   Whalenet - Right Whale Resource
Comprehensive location for observation based organizations and professional resources
 
   Whalenet - Make Your Own Inflatable Whale
Classrooms can purchase this manual from Whalenet to create a 55 foot, life-size whale. You can go inside!
 

Ringed Seal

   Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series-- Ringed Seal
An excellent source for species experts!
 
   Ringed Seals-- Canada
Basic information about ringed seals, including distribution maps.
 
   Seal Conservation Society - Ringed Seal
History and status of seals, lifestyle, statistics, and birth information.
 

Satellite Tracking Links

   How Satellite Tagging Works
WhaleNet Link show how tags are used on marine animals; the information can also be applied to birds.
 
   Satellite Telemetry
This site explains (and shows pictures of) how satellite telemetry and animal tracking works.
 
   Satellite Tracking of Animals
Site explains how scientists track a variety of animals.
 

Sea Turtles

   NOAA Helps return 14 Sea Turtles to the Wild
Release and tracking of sea turtles.
 
   Sea Turtle Circular Comparison Chart
World wide distribution, population information and species outlines.
 

Seals

   Marine Mammal Protection Act
Summary of the law protecting marine mammals.
 

Sooty Shearwater

   ARKive - Images of Life on Earth - Sooty Shearwater
Information about Sooty Shearwater including range, habitat, and more.
 
   ARKive -- Sooty Shearwater
Photos of Sooty Shearwater, both in flight and sitting on the sea surface. Two videos, one with calls of the S. Shearwater
 
   Audubon Society -- Sooty Shearwaters
Good fact sheet with Sooty photo.
 
   Birdlife International - Sooty Shearwater
Factsheet focuses on range and population, ecology, threats and conservation.
 
   Cornell Lab - Bird Migration Record (Sooty Shearwater)
Map showing migratory patterns of a breeding pair from their south Pacific colony to the north Pacific feeding ground.
 
   Monterey Seabirds -- Shearwaters
Photos of different varieties of shearwaters.
 
   New England Sea Birds
Great Sooty Shearwater photos and identification information.
 
   Ocean Wanderers
Detailed information may be difficult, but includes nice photos.
 
   Sooty Identification Tips
Easy to read information, tells how to distinguish the sooty from other birds.
 
   Suite 101-- Sooty Shearwater
This article includes distribution and behavior of the sooty shearwater.
 
   Titi Birds
In New Zealand, the Sooty Shearwater is also known as the Titi bird. Use this site for helpful life history information about the birds.
 
   US Geological Survey -- Sooty Shearwaters
Tips for differentiating Sootys from gulls and other shearwaters.
 

Southern Elephant Seal

   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Southern Elephant Seal
Fact sheet, range, ecosystem roles, economic importance and conservation status.
 
   OceanFootage -- Southern Elephant Seal
Video clips of Southern Elephant seal
 

Steller Sea Lion

   NOAA Sea Lion Site
Excellent site about the sea lions includes background and current research underway.
 
   San Diego Zoo - Sea Lion
Across the Pacific Ocean, sea lions are featured in this informative site.
 

Steller's Eider

   Recovery Plan
The species recovery plan is good for student research.
 

Tiger Shark

   ARKive --Tiger Shark
Covers range, biology, status, conservation and has photos.
 
   ARKive --Tiger Shark
Photes, covers range, biology, status, and conservation.
 
   Howstuffworks? -- Tiger Shark
Anatomy, habits, predators and shark image gallery.
 
   Howstuffworks? -- Tiger Shark
Anatomy, habits, predators and shark image gallery.
 
   Marinebio -- Tiger Shark
Description with Video
 
   Marinebio --Tiger Shark
Description with Video
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Tiger Shark
Physical description, feeding habits, reproduction, and photos.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Tiger Shark
Physical description, feeding habits, reproduction, and photos.
 
   Predators as Prey: Why Heathly Oceans Need Sharks
Article about sharks, why healthy oceans need sharks, color illustrations and charts.
 
   Predators as Prey: Why Heathly Oceans Need Sharks
Article about sharks, why healthy oceans need sharks, color illustrations and charts.
 
   Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Fact sheet with distribution map.
 
   Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Fact sheet with distribution map.
 
   Shark Info -- Tiger Shark
Fact sheet, chewing mechanism, teeth anatomy, Tiger Shark in Hawaiian Mythology
 
   Tiger Shark Research Program in Hawaii
Description of tracking program with photos.
 
   Tiger Shark Research Program in Hawaii
Description of tracking program with photos.
 

Tools

   ARGOS Satellite Tracking -How Does it Work?
ARGOS Satellite System is illustrated and described to show how the animal transmits its radio signal
 
   Global Topography and Bathymetry
View a topography or bathymetry map for anywhere in the world. From the pull-down menu, choose a center, and see land and/or oceanic relief.
 
   Google Image Search
Use this search engine to help you find pictures for your wall display!
 
   How Far Is It?
Use this calculator to find the distance between two points. Type in either city names or latitude and longitude points, and let the computer do the math.
 
   Make Maps with a Latitude/Longitude with MapBlast!
Go Register, and under 'Maps/Advanced Search’, Enter latitude/longitude
 
   Mapquest.com
Click Maps, then Latitude/Longitude (in blue) to enter
 
   Topozone.com I
Enter a place name, see a topographic map.
 
   USGS Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter
Simple background information is provided he for many species
 

Walrus

   Alaska Fisheries and Wildlife -- Walrus
Fact sheet, population size, sensory perception and disturbance, and natural mortality.
 
   Busch Gardens Walrus Info
Information on all aspects of the Walrus lifecycle including the average lifespan.
 
   Canadian Museum of Nature -- Walrus
Cultural ties to the Inuit people, historical range and current distribution + map. Great photos.
 
   Museum of Zoology -- Animal Diversity Web -- University of Michigan -- Walrus
Fact sheet, photos, and cross-section of the walrus skull.
 
   National Geographic -- Walruses
Fact sheet, audio recordings, photo gallery and video gallery.
 
   NOAA -- Walrus
Huge collection of color photos.
 



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