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Collaborative Survey of Cetaceans and the Pelagic Ecosystem (CSCAPE) off the U.S. West Coast

Maureen Barrett, ARMADA Master Teacher
Crystal Tomlin, ARMADA Mentee

Print Resources
  • National Audubon Society. 2002. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World. New York: Chanticleer Press, Inc. 527 p.
    This is a field guide including illustrations, photographs, maps and information. It is organized by the four major groups of marine mammals - marine fissipeds, pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sirenians.
  • Kraus, Scott & Mallory, Kenneth. 2003. Disappearing Giants. Massachusetts: Bunker Hill Publishing, Inc. 48 p.
    This book is about the most endangered large whale in the world: the North Atlantic right whale. It describes and illustrates an ongoing story of the right whale including the history and current status of the species.
  • Oregon State University Marine Mammal Program. 2005. The Great Whales. Oregon: Oregon State University Marine Mammal Program. 119 p.
    This curriculum guide contains a variety of lessons and activities for students in grades 6-9. The lessons are delivered through the use of biology, geography, math, and physics.
  • Carwardine, Mark. 1998. Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. New York: DK Publishing, Inc. 64 p.
    This "See & Explore" book includes information about the underwater world and illustrations that bring marine mammals to life. The readers will discover how cetaceans breathe, feed, migrate, dive, and much more.
  • Leatherwood, Stephen, et al., eds. 1988. Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Eastern North Pacific and Adjacent Arctic Waters. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 245 p.
    This field guide is designed to help observers accurately identify cetaceans. The book groups the animals based on similarities in appearance.
  • Scholastic, Inc. Whales and Dolphins. New York: Scholastic, Inc. 48 p.
    This is an Internet-linked book (, however, the book can serve as a reference without using the Internet. It contains information about how they breathe, swim, eat, hunt, and more. The book includes both underwater photography and illustrations.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce. May 2005. U.S. Pacific Marine Mammal Stock Assessments: 2004. NOAA. 314 p.
    This is a stock assessment report for the U.S. Pacific marine mammals for 2004. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are required to publish this report under the 1994 amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Web Resources
  • Collaborative Survey of Cetacean Abundance and the Pelagic Ecosystem. Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
    This site includes all the information and links pertaining to the 2005 CSCAPE cruise. This project was a collaboration between the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The objective was to assess the abundance and distribution of marine mammals and to characterize the pelagic ecosystem off the U.S. West Coast.
  • Population Identity Program. Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
    This site gathers and interprets the basic biological data needed to address population status questions in three primary research areas: molecular ecology, life history research, and development of analytical tools.
  • Journey North. Annenberg Media.
    Journey North engages K-12 students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Students also share their own field observations with classmates across North America.
  • WhaleNet. Wheellock College.
    This is an in interactive educational web site that focuses on whales and marine research.
  • NOAA Education. NOAA.
    This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.
Audio/Visual Resources
  • The Dolphin Defender. DVD. Nature.
    This DVD shows the 25-yesr crusade of filmmaker and conservation Hardy Jones' life work to protect dolphins against man's greed.
  • Discovery of Sound in the Sea. CD. URI. 2005.
    This CD contains a variety of Power Point presentations about sound.
  • Whale Songs. CD. Wildland Productions. 1986.
    This CD is a collection of pilot, humpback, sperm, and killer whale's songs.