This presentation begins with examining the four major groups of marine mammals, their special adaptations for keeping warm, finding food, and breathing air in the marine environment, and the many threats they face. Students then work together as a group to reconstruct a Pilot Whale skeleton. Reassembling this once-living puzzle creates an ideal format for discovery and discussion of the relationships between form and function.
Duration: 2-part presentation, 45 minutes each
Ages: 3rd Grade to Adult