Resources for Guides and Educators

This section of the handbook is intended to provide practical resources for educators and whale watching guides.  The table below includes a series of downloadable custom-made fact sheets that guides can print and laminate or display on tablets for use during whale watching tours. A second table includes links to external websites with a wealth of educational content on whales and dolphins and their habitats.

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IWC Factsheets for Whale Watching Guides and Educators

These factsheets were developed for the IWC Whale Watching Handbook, to provide educators and whale watching guides with tools they can use to engage passengers and/or students and explain some basic concepts of whale and dolphin biology, ecology and conservation. They can be downloaded as a full set of 9 factsheets in one PDF, or separately as a single A4 page on each topic.
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Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC -UK) Educational Resources

This site includes power point presentations and other educational resources on whale and dolphin habitats, food chains, litter and pollution.

NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Educational Materials by theme

Includes content on the Arctic, bioluminescence, deep sea canyons etc, with lesson plans, multimedia content (photos and videos), and essays.

National Geographic Ocean Education

Includes classroom activities and resources relate to the Ocean, including units on the history of whaling and blue whales

New Bedford Whaling Museum

This includes information and infographics on current threats to whales

The Smithsonian Ocean site: Find your Blue

Contains a wealth of information on different marine species, ecosystems and processes, including cephalopods, coral, seamounts, climate change, etc.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute ‘SeaGrant’ educational site

Includes lesson plans and educational content including food webs and threats to marine mammals

International Monetary Fund:

Article and infographic explaining 'How much is a whale worth? Whales help prevent climate change'

French language posters on humpback whales and threats to cetaceans

These two posters/fact sheets have been produced by Globice in La Reunion, and provide great baseline information on threats to cetaceans in their natural habitats, as well as basic facts about humpback whales in the Indian Ocean.

Observación de Ballenas en Ecuador

A Spanish Language guide to whale watching in Ecuador that includes illustrations and diagrams related to the evolution of whales and dolphins, cetacean anatomy, ecology and behaviour. The guide focuses on humpback whales, but also has great information about a number of other species.

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