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Stenella Abundance Research Project (STAR)

Mark Harris, ARMADA Master Teacher
Sunny Schuller, ARMADA Mentee

Print Resources
  • Scheffner, Victor, 1976, A Natural History of Marine Mammals, New York, NY: Scribner
    Discusses the evolution, physical characteristics, reproduction, migration, and other behavior of marine mammals, emphasizing the ways these animals have adapted to life in the sea.
  • Stonehouse, Bernard, 1985, Sea Mammals of the World, New York, NY: Penquin
    Illustrations and text describe the background, lifestyles, and interesting features of seals, whales, sirenians, and those that live on the edge of the sea, such as polar bears and marine otters.
Web Resources
  • Marine Mammals
    Hunting by humans has brought many species of marine mammals to the brink of extinction, but today, with protection, their populations are again increasing. Here you can learn a little about several kinds of marine mammals, and even hear RealAudio sounds of their 'songs' and calls. Included are the Bottlenosed Dolphin, Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Pilot Whale, Killer Whale, Humpback Whale, Pacific Gray Whale, West Indian Manatee, California Sea Lion, and Sea Otter.
  • Marine Mammal Program
    Scientists who study hydrodynamics, the science of fluids in motion, often research the flow patterns around moving objects in deep water. Researchers at the United States Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) study the hydrodynamics of dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, and sharks, to utilize their special capabilities in research projects. The NMMP Web site also features photographs and information on the selection, care, and training of cetaceans and pinnipeds for tasks related to specific research activities such as assisting divers and the recovery of objects.
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
    What is causing the decline of the Stellar sea lion? Why are they a threatened species? The Alaska branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service shares extensive scientific research that explains why the numbers of Stellar sea lions have decreased eighty percent in thirty years. Watch an amazing movie that shows these marine mammals, shares their characteristics, and discusses their behavior. There is discussion about the effect of Alaska groundfish fisheries on Stellar sea lions. Find out what protection methods are being used to recover them.
  • The National Marine Mammal Laboratory's Education Web Site
    This Web site introduces you to marine mammals. It explores some of the types of marine mammals that exist and how they live and behave. The site concentrates on the cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses). The use of taxonomy, or the scientific classification of species, is included and some tips on correct grammar techniques with scientific naming are given. Finally, there are quizzes for the user to take, and articles about how marine mammals are studied and what kinds of jobs are available for those that want to work with marine mammals.
  • Rescuing Wildlife
    Access the information found at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's web site to learn about rescuing wildlife injured or distressed during an oil spill. What training does one need to have to participate in a wildlife rescue of this type? What needs to be done to save animals injured from an oil spill? Find answers to these questions, and much more, by accessing the article and links found here. Learn about human intervention, rescuing and cleaning birds, and marine mammal rescue and cleaning.
  • Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Cetacea Order
    Did you know that cetaceans spend their whole life in water? Learn about this remarkable mammal that is known for its playful behavior. Find out about the many species of cetaceans and the two main groups they are categorized in. Links in dark blue or green clearly show your choices for exploring the site. By clicking on these links, you can find out more detailed information about the mammal featured, or click to find general marine mammal information. There are many cetacean photos throughout the site.
Audio/Visual Resources
  • Fish, video, New York: Dorling Kindersley Vision, c1994.
    Looks at the world of fish, the most exotic creatures in nature, from lively colored coral reef tropical fish to creatures from the lowest depths of the oceans.
  • Ocean, video, New York: Dorling Kindersley Vision, c1997.
    Looks at oceans around the world, and their unusual occupants.