Weblinks – Marine Mammal Science

Links provided in alphabetical order per species. Please note that this list is ever-evolving and that responsibility cannot be accepted for the content of the linked web pages. 

This page is often used by Northern Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) students to do marine mammal research projects which is why it is specified when the pages do not relate to local populations.

Compiled by Jackie Hildering,   April 18th, 2008 

Video:
1.
Birth of a highly endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Taken with a remote surveillance camera. Greek webpage but go to video screen at the bottom of the page for 6 video clips. 
2. Astounding footage of the feeding tactics and training (click "orcas in training") of young in one of the 3 types of orca in Antarctica! Watch their learned culture of washing seals off ice - they turn the ice, coordinate, collectively create a wave and train their young. 
3. Footage of a deep diving sperm whale taken from a remote operated vehicle on March 6th, 2006. More sperm whale footage from the Ocean Channel

"Helping the Whales" - lots of information on how we can change our daily actions to help ocean organisms. 

Injuries to marine mammals 2006 - 2007 - Johnstone Strait Area

Good general information on the anatomy of cetaceans

"For Whales' Sake" series of ocean conservation articles by J. Hildering  

1. California Sea Lion

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal.  

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/sars/PO03casealion.pdf - Stock assessment 

Death of California sea lions 51 die as a result of getting trapped in Atlantic fish farm nets near Tofino (April 20th, 2007) 

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/eco/taxalab/carolinem.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://www.imma.org/pinnipeds/Californiasealn.htm - international marine mammal association's information 

http://srmapps.gov.bc.ca/apps/dss_coastal/html/marmam/caliseali.htm 

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-cal-sl.html 

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Zalophus_californianus.html Not a Canadian page

http://www.marinebio.com/species.asp?id=50 Not a Canadian page

http://www.imma.org/unfao.html - estimates of numbers caught in fishing nets up to the late 1980s click for our area (area #67)

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/rreo/rreoref/mmammals/sealsandsealions.htm - report from 1984 from Michael Bigg and Peter Olesiuk; dated but still good natural history information

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/pinn-ota.htm Not a Canadian page

Video from the Ocean Channel, to find it, scroll under the screen 

http://cetus.ucsd.edu/voicesinthesea_org/Flash/ - to hear your animal click "pinnipeds" and then click the image of the animal at the bottom of the page

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click pinnipeds and then California sea lion for acoustic samples and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them. Not a Canadian page

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/pinnipeds/casealion.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=48 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.savethewhales.org/sealion.html - information from the American "Save the Whales"organization

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides. Not a Canadian page

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

2. Dall’s Porpoise

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org   

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetace16.htm - DFO page on porpoises

www.whaleresearch.com/thecenter/Encounters_2008_007.html - amazing photos capture the attack of transient killer whales on a harbour seal and a Dall's porpoise. 

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-dalls.html - Information from Environment Canada 2004

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/dallsPorpoise/dalls-porpoise.pdf - excellent. Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/dolphins.html - Aquafacts from the Vancouver Aquarium on dolphins and porpoises in BC

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

"Smart Gear" winner 2007:   Net technology to reduce chance of entanglement of small cetaceans (December 2007)

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information. Not a Canadian page

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information.  Click "porpoise." Not a Canadian page

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=122 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. Not a Canadian page

http://www.cetacea.org/dalls.htm - Site is currently down.  Will be up again in the summer of 2007.  Especially valuable for its "influence of man" section 

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/dalls.htm Not a Canadian page

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/dallsporpoise.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation's facts.  Be sure you click all the tabs e.g. "distribution."

http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.ngo.grida.no/wwfap/whalewatching/whales_porpoises_dalls.shtml - see "conservation concerns" Not a Canadian page

http://www.answers.com/topic/dall-s-porpoise Not a Canadian page

http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_dalli/p_dalli.htm - this is a report by the Convention on Migratory Species looking at the threats to small cetaceans internationally.  See the bottom of the document for threats.  Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Phocoenoides_dalli.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_dalli/p_dalli.htm Not a Canadian page

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems; click "Dolphins and Porpoises"

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm

http://www.whalesongs.org/cetacean/home.html - natural history of cetaceans Not a Canadian page

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

3. (Northern) Elephant Seal

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/eco/taxalab/ashleyc.htm - Lester B. Pearson's natural history and many video clips from Race Rocks. 

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-elephant.html 

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/rreo/rreoref/mmammals/sealsandsealions.htm - report from 1984 from Michael Bigg and Peter Olesiuk; dated but still good natural history information

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Mirounga_angustirostris.html - good summary 

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=295 

http://www.pinnipeds.org/species/nelephnt.htm -  Seal Conservation Society; international information

http://www.ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/elepseal.htm#northern 

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/NMML/education/Pinnipeds/nelephant.htm 

http://www.tmmc.org/learning/education/pinnipeds/noelephseal.asp 

Sounds:
- http://www.elephantseal.org/sounds.htm 
- http://www.junglewalk.com/frames.asp - type in "elephant seal" in the search bar and you will get - many site listings, lots of video footage, even sounds!
-http://cetus.ucsd.edu/voicesinthesea_org/Flash/ - to hear your animal click "pinnipeds" and then click the image of the animal at the bottom of the page

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/eleseal.htm 

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/pinnipeds/noelephseal.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=55 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Mirounga_angustirostris.html 

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0324_030324_tvkillerwhales.html

http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

 
http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

http://www.whaletimes.org/whafshn.htm - species information sheets for cetaceans and pinnipeds

4. Fin Whale

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_fin_whale_pacific_e.asp - DFO report   

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=875 - COSEWIC report on the status of the fin whale

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/release/bckgrnd/2005/bg015b_e.htm and http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetacea5.htm - DFO pages

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org 

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/largewhales/LargeWhaleAP-Jan07.pdf - Draft Action Plan for Canada's Right, Fin, Sei and Blue Whales

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/05/03/EDGF4PJOJA1.DTL An explanation of the arguments used by pro-whaling nations about why whaling should be "okay." A perspective by Dr. Jonathon Stern. (May 2007)

  http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information Not a Canadian page

http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/School_Programs/whales/s-finwhale.html Royal British Columbia Museum's fact sheets

http://www.ukogorter.com/portfolio/cetaceanslides/index.html - great illustration, use the drop down menu under the right whale to find your animal

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm - click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/fin.htm - Fin whale information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=75 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.cetacea.org/fin.htm - Site is currently down.  Will be up again in the summer of 2007.  Especially valuable for its "influence of man" section 

http://www.junglewalk.com/frames.asp - type in "fin whale" in the search bar and you will get - many site listings, lots of video footage, even sounds!

http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/whales_dolphins/information-on-species.asp - detailed facts

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/finwale.htm  Not a Canadian page

http://www.whales.org.au/discover/fin/index.html Not a Canadian page

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click baleen whales and then fin whale for acoustic samples

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Balaenoptera_physalus.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/finwhl.htm - American Cetacean Society Fact Sheet  

http://www.ngo.grida.no/wwfap/whalewatching/whales_fin.shtml

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

  www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm

http://www.whalesongs.org/cetacean/home.html - natural history of cetaceans

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/fungames/animations/swim-with-the-whales  - click your species for information about whaling and also watch the animated video of relative whale sizes (“Diving With Whales”)

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

5. Grey Whale

Draft Canadian Management plan - see threats. http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/marinemammals/greywhale/default_e.htm

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/virtual_sara/files/cosewic/sr_grey_whale_e.pdf - COSEWIC report on the biology of grey whales and the threats to them 

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org 

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_greyWhale_NP_e.asp - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

http://www.acsonline.org/issues/grayWhales/sanignacio.html - information about the plan to put a salt plant in the grey whale's breeding lagoon in Mexico. 

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetacea3.htm - DFO page - general natural history

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=356 - SARA report on the grey whale

http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~deecke/er.html - Brief summary of research by Dr. Volker Deecke

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-grey.html - information from Environment Canada 2005

Voices of the Sea very cool  website where you can hear the sounds of the grey whale, see the spectrogram of its calls sounds, see video and learn cool facts from experts! Click on the grey whale and then "learn more." The interview is in Spanish but it translated under the image. 

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/graywhales.html - Aquafacts from the Vancouver Aquarium

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/graywhale.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation; lots of information 

 http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/School_Programs/whales/s-greywhale.html Royal British Columbia Museum's fact sheets

http://www.ukogorter.com/portfolio/cetaceanslides/index.html - great illustration, use the drop down menu under the right whale to find your animal

http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/whales/indepth-navigation.html - amazing vocal sample! (Jean Micheal Cousteau's Ocean Adventures)

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information Not a Canadian page

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/cet-grey.htm Not a Canadian page

http://www.whales.org.au/discover/gray/index.html Not a Canadian page

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=77 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm - click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/grey.htm - Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/whales/gray.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://www.pacificenvironment.org/twowhales - conservation issues of grey whales Not a Canadian page

http://www.savethewhales.org/gray.html - information from the American "Save the Whales"organization

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems; click "Gray Whale"

http://www.cetacea.org/gray.htm - Site is currently down.  Will be up again in the summer of 2007.  Especially valuable for its "influence of man" section 

http://www.ngo.grida.no/wwfap/whalewatching/whales_grey.shtml Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Eschrichtius_robustus.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click baleen whales and then gray whale for acoustic samples

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://www.whalesongs.org/cetacean/home.html - natural history of cetaceans  

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/ - general info for many cetaceans

http://www.pbs.org/oceanrealm/seadwellers/ - blue whale, humpback and gray whale information

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/fungames/animations/swim-with-the-whales  - click your species for information about whaling and also watch the animated video of relative whale sizes (“Diving With Whales”)

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

 

6. Harbour Porpoise

Draft Canadian Management plan - see threats. http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/marinemammals/harbourporpoise/documents/HP_MP_version_5-b_7-Apr-08_CLEAN_Consultation_Draft.pdf

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=493 - threats to Canada' s harbour porpoise  

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetace16.htm - DFO page on porpoises

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_harbourporpoise_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

"Smart Gear" winner 2007:   Net technology to reduce chance of entanglement of small cetaceans (December 2007)

http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/education/lessonplans/harbourporpoise/harbourporpoise_e.htm lesson plan on harbour porpoise by J. Hildering and Anna Hall, how they hear and with a focus on the possible impact of sound

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-harbour.html - Information from Environment Canada 2004

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the harbour porpoise. www.wildwhales.org 

http://www.wildwhales.org/newsletter/may_june_2004.htm

Part 2 (scroll down page to harbour porpoise information http://www.wildwhales.org/newsletter/july_aug_2004.htm


http://www.wildwhales.org/newsletter/2004Oct.htm - hybrids

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/harbourporpoise.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation - everything from distribution maps to behaviour

http://www.pwlf.org/harbourporpoise/identification.htm - Identification guide from Pacific Wildlife Foundation 

http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/education/lessonplans/harbourporpoise/harbourporpoise_e.htm lesson plan on harbour porpoise, how they hear and with a focus on the possible impact of sound

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/harborporpoise/fastfacts.php- North Pacific information

http://www.crru.org.uk/education/factfiles/hporpoise.htm - Scottish Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit's information 

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information.  Click "porpoises." Not a BC page. 

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/HarborPorpoise.htm - from the American Cetacean Society

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&record=Phocoena%20phocoena - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/phocoena.htm Not a Canadian page

http://www.imma.org/porpoise.html - fact sheet  Not a Canadian page

http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Phocoena_phocoena.html    Not a Canadian page

http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_phocoena/p_phocoena.htm - this is a report by the Convention on Migratory Species looking at the threats to small cetaceans internationally.  See the bottom of the document for threats.

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.junglewalk.com/frames.asp - type in "harbor porpoise" (note spelling) in the search bar and you will get links to pictures and video

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Not a Canadian page

 

7. Harbour Seal (Pacific)

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

Vancouver Sun Article (March 26th, 2007) regarding the proposed cull of seals around Courtenay, BC, Canada.  

http://www.marinemammal.org/sitemap.php - see under "other marine mammal biology" and click  harbour seal

www.whaleresearch.com/thecenter/Encounters_2008_007.html - amazing photos capture the attack of transient killer whales on a harbour seal and a Dall's porpoise. 

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/harbor.htm - DFO page 

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/harbourseals.html - Vancouver Aquarium's Aquafacts

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2003/09/02/harbour_seals030902.html - contaminants in habour seals (2003 article)

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/harbourseal.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation information; be sure you click all the tabs e.g. "distribution" to find out all you can.

http://web.mala.bc.ca/sc403/Sea_Mammals/page14hs.htm - Malaspina University College's fact page

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-harbour-seal.html

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/harbour/harbour.htm - Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/rreo/rreoref/mmammals/sealsandsealions.htm - report from 1984 from Michael Bigg and Peter Olesiuk; dated but still good natural history information

  www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm  

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/pinn-pho.htm Not a Canadian page

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm - click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems; click "Harbour Seal"

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.pagophilus.org/harbour.html - fact sheet  Not a Canadian page

http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/info-books/harbor-seal/behavior.htm - harbour seal behaviour Not a Canadian page

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=67 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click pinnipeds and then harbor seal for acoustic samples

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/pinnipeds/harborseal.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Phoca_vitulina.html Not a Canadian page

http://www.palomar.edu/oceanography/harbor_seals/facts.htm - detailed fact sheet Not a Canadian page

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

8. Humpback Whale

Local (Johnstone Strait) catalogue, sponsored by Stubbs Island Whale Watching. 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=148 - COSEWIC report on the status of the humpback whale

www.dal.ca/~whitelab/rwb/COSEWIChumpback2003.pdf - COSEWIC assessment 2003

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetacea8.htm - DFO species information page

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_humpbackWhale_e.asp - DFO page on threats to humpbacks

http://www.wildwhales.org/newsletter/nov_dec_2004.htm - history of whaling humpbacks and the aims of the  SPLASH project  (scroll down page)

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org  

Background information from Jim Darling on the humpbacks of Clayoquot Sound 

http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0701/feature2/ - January 2007 National Geographic article on humpbacks. Note:  Information is for humpbacks in general not just the Pacific population. Fantastic pictures and sounds. You can access a whole video.  Go to "sights and sounds." Not a Canadian page

http://www.whalesong.net/humpbacks.htm#Howmanyhumpbackwhalesexist - Good general information including the threats to humpbacks Not a Canadian page

http://www.whales.org.au/discover/hump/index.html Not a Canadian page

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/humpback/fastfacts.php 

Voices of the Sea  very cool new website where you can hear the sounds of humpbacks, see the spectrogram of their sounds, see video clips and learn cool facts from scientists! Click on the humpback. 

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/School_Programs/whales/s-humpbackwhale.html Royal British Columbia Museum's fact sheets

http://www.ukogorter.com/portfolio/cetaceanslides/index.html - great illustration, use the drop down menu under the right whale to find your animal

http://www.sfu.ca/biology/berg/whale/abcwhale.html General information from Simon Fraser University

http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/reports/Humpback%20whale%20examination-CRC776.htm - report on the stranding of a adult female humpback off Long Beach (Washington).  Images allow an appreciation of how big humpbacks are. 

Humpback sound samples:
Half hour recording (October 11th) from OrcaLab of humpbacks singing in Blackfish Sound, BC. Big download but so worth it
http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~ford/ - humpback vocals; Dr. John Ford's webpage

http://www.whalesong.net/ - fantastic vocals; even live vocals from Hawaii for part of the year.  These whales have likely migrated from our area to Hawaii!
Vocals recorded by Kent Noolan of the Whalesong Project in Hawaii.  About this recording he states "Another time I saw a large male singing while I recorded nearby. He was slowly swimming in a large circle under a mother and baby. He went in a circle perhaps 100 yards across at a rate of about 15 minutes to go around it, about 50 to 100 feet down."
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/weekinreview/25revkin.html?_r=1&oref=slogin  - Roger Payne recording (Bermuda 1970)

http://www.dosits.org/teacher/feature/hump1.mp3    
http://www.hhmi.org/news/suzuki20060321.html - scroll half way down the page
http://www.cs.sfu.ca/gruvi/Projects/VirtualWhales/Whales/call2.au - feeding call! Simon Fraser University project. 
http://www.cs.sfu.ca/gruvi/Projects/VirtualWhales/Whales/whales.aif - sounds after feeding.  Simon Fraser University project. 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/Sounds/HB2dec.au   
 http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.
http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click baleen whales and then humpback for acoustic samples

Humpback video:
NEW Super, super, super cool footage of humpback whales bubble-net feeding!
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/humpback/ - video on bubble-netting and samples of humpback male song 
Video clip - Great sounds and some information about Jim Darling's studies Humpback Whales
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/crittercam/video_previews.html?format=rm&vid=humpback.rpm - Video from a "critter cam" put on a humpback whale; great bubble-net feeding footage  (National Geographic) 
http://www.cs.sfu.ca/gruvi/Projects/VirtualWhales/Whales/media.htm - Movies of humpbacks, includes a computer animation of a bubble net. A Simon Fraser University project
http://www.junglewalk.com/frames.asp - type in "humpback" in the search bar and you will get - many site listings, lots of video footage, even sounds!

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http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/humpback.htm - Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

http://fas.sfu.ca/gruvi/GrUVi/Projects/VirtualWhales/Whales/ - SFU researcher Fred Sharp's studies, scroll to the bottom to link to cool video, sound and animations

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information Not a Canadian page

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=76 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.savethewhales.org/humpback.html - information from the American "Save the Whales" organization Not a Canadian page

http://www.cetacea.org/humpback.htm - Site is currently down.  Will be up again in the summer of 2007.  Especially valuable for its "influence of man" section 

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/whales/humpback.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/whales_dolphins/information-on-species.asp - detailed facts Not a Canadian page

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Megaptera_novaeangliae.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.pbs.org/oceanrealm/seadwellers/ - blue whale, humpback and gray whale information  Not a Canadian page

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/humpback.htm - Humpback facts from American Cetacean Society 

http://www.ngo.grida.no/wwfap/whalewatching/whales_humpback.shtml  Not a Canadian page

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://whale.wheelock.edu/Teachers.html  - Whale general resources Not a Canadian page

http://www.whalesongs.org/cetacean/home.html - natural history of cetaceans Not a Canadian page

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/fungames/animations/swim-with-the-whales  - click your species for information about whaling and also watch the animated video of relative whale sizes (“Diving With Whales”)

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

http://www-sci.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sa/cetacean/humpbackwhale/default_e.htm - Full humpback id photo catalogue for British Columbia

 

9. Minke Whale:

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org   

http://www.northeastpacificminke.org/index.htm - Northeast Pacific Minke Study group with good general information on Minke whales. Click "About Pacific Minke Whales."

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-minke.html - Information from Environment Canada 2004 

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/05/03/EDGF4PJOJA1.DTL An explanation of the arguments used by pro-whaling nations about why whaling should be "okay." A perspective by Dr. Jonathon Stern. (May 2007)

 http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/minkewhale.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation; lots of information

http://www.mi.mun.ca/mi-net/fishdeve/cetacea7.htm - DFO page

 http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/School_Programs/whales/s-minkewhale.html Royal British Columbia Museum's fact sheets

http://www.projectminke.com/biology.htm - Scottish Minke project  Not a Canadian page

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal/minke.shtml - very good fact sheet on the Minke  Not a Canadian page

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/minke.htm Not a Canadian page

http://www.whales.org.au/discover/minke/index.html Not a Canadian page

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information Not a Canadian page

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/minke.htm - Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

http://oceanlink.island.net/oinfo/biodiversity/minke.html - Bamfield Research Station’s fact sheet 

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm -click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.ukogorter.com/portfolio/cetaceanslides/index.html - great illustration, use the drop down menu under the right whale to find your animal

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/MinkeWhale.htm - American Cetacean Society's Fact Sheet Not a Canadian page

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=71 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/BRP/SoundsMinkeWhale.html - Minke whale vocals of an ATLANTIC population.  We don't know what sort of sounds Pacific Minkes make!

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click baleen whales and then Minke whale for acoustic samples.  Note not the Pacific population of Minkes!

http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/whales_dolphins/information-on-species.asp - detailed facts Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Balaenoptera_acutorostrata.html 

http://www.cetacea.org/minke.htm - Site is currently down.  Will be up again in the summer of 2007.  Especially valuable for its "influence of man" section 

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Balaenoptera_acutorostrata.html - Animal Diversity Web fact sheet Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

  www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/fungames/animations/swim-with-the-whales  - click your species for information about whaling and also watch the animated video of relative whale sizes (“Diving With Whales”)

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

10. Northern Resident Orca:

Recovery strategy for Northern and Southern residents 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=698 - risks to the N. Residents

 Table summarizing the differences between BC's populations of killer whales.  Put together by Jackie Hildering 

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservation/cetaceans/history.html - How our attitudes to killer whales have changed over time (from the Vancouver Aquarium). 

www.killerwhale.org - Vancouver Aquariums Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programme – good natural history information

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservationinaction/killerwhales/country.htm - Vancouver Aquarium page on the importance of identifying killer whales as individuals.  Includes video. 

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal you're studying. www.wildwhales.org   

The back issues of the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programmes publication "The Blackfish Sounder".  Great source for the latest killer whale research!  

Voices of the Sea very cool  website where you can hear the sounds of cetaceans, see the spectrogram of their sounds, see video clips and learn cool facts from experts! If you click on the orca and then "conservation" and "sound of the orca", Dr. John Ford will tell you about residents and transients and the studies of resident (salmon-eating) killer whales from our area (Northern Vancouver Island). 

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_killerWhale_NE_Pac_north_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/marinemammals/documents/KWRS_Final_March16_2005.pdf - The draft "recovery plan" for resident killer whales.  Discusses their threats in detail. 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/killerwhale/fastfacts.php  - North Pacific University's Marine Mammal Research Consortium's excellent fast facts; also click "research" and "killer whales" for very current research issues

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm  

http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~ford/ - orca vocals; Dr. John Ford's webpage

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm -  click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.orcalab.org/about-orcas/index.htm - Orca Lab’s natural history of killer whales

http://www.geocities.com/theorcaocean/OrcasInCaptivity.html - orca in captivity Not a Canadian page

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/whales/ - "Frontline's" discussion of orca in captivity.  History of orca in captivity.  Video footage of Japanese slaughter of bottlenose dolphins and orca.  Not a Canadian page

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0105/orcas.html Not a Canadian page

  http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/elsberry/marspec/mm_info.html - ecolocation/biosonar

http://www.stubbs-island.com/english/orca/index.html - Stubbs Island Whale Watching’s killer whale information

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

 

11. Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org  

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/dolphins.html - Aquafacts from the Vancouver Aquarium on dolphins and porpoises in BC

http://www.wildwhales.org/newsletter/feb2005.htm#photo - photo identification of Pacific white-sided dolphins

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Lagenorhynchus_obliquidens.html  

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/pacificwhite.htm - Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left. 

"Smart Gear" winner 2007:   Net technology to reduce chance of entanglement of small cetaceans (December 2007)

http://www.indwes.edu/Faculty/bcupp/sounds/dolphins.wav - Sound sample of dolphin echolocation (species unknown)

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/A59B71D6C8A9EB17802568F800443577 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's species information.  Click "marine dolphins." Not a Canadian page

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm -click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.oceanlink.island.net/onews/oceannews6/oceanews6p8.html - dolphins as by-catch in tuna fishing

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=94 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/marinemm/2.htm - click toothed whales and then Pacific white-sided dolphins for acoustic samples

http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/MinkeWhale.htm - fact pack from the American Cetacean Society. 

http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/L_obliquidens/L_obliquidens.htm - this is a report by the Convention on Migratory Species looking at the threats to small cetaceans internationally.  See the bottom of the document for threats.  Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems; click "Dolphins and Porpoises"

http://www.dolphinawareness.org/facts/main.html and http://www.bluevoice.org/dolphin/incite.html - the issue of dolphins taken for captivity and the slaughter of some species Not a Canadian page

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://www.whalesongs.org/cetacean/home.html - natural history of cetaceans Not a Canadian page

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

 12. Sea Otter

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/plans/showDocument_e.cfm?id=1373  - Recovery plan for Sea Otters in British Columbia 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/seaotter/fastfacts.php 

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/seaotters.html - Vancouver Aquarium fast facts

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-otter.html - information from Environment Canada 2004

http://www.bio.davidson.edu/Courses/anphys/2000/Boehm/Metabolism.html - Sea otter metabolism - note how much they eat per day and why they need to be able to feed often. 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=149 - Summary from COSEWIC on sea otters in Canada

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_seaOtter_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

http://oceanlink.island.net/seaotterstewardship/youth%20forum/nov2004/ - lots of information from the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Sea Otters.  Explore the links and don't miss the interactive fun pages and the movie clips!

http://www.oceanlink.island.net/workexpaug2004/otters%20and%20oil.html - sea otters and oil 

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/seaotter.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation's facts.  Be sure you click all the tabs e.g. "distribution."

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=149 - threats to the sea otter

http://web.mala.bc.ca/sc403/Sea_Mammals/page13so.htm - Malaspina University College's fact sheet

http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/new/marine/otters/images/dowil_sea-otter_even-more-final.html - Animation about the threats to sea otters Not a Canadian page

http://www.seaotters.org/Otters/ - American organization "Friends of the Sea Otter" good information about threats, behaviour and it even has vocal samples

  http://www.seaotters.org/Otters/index.cfm?DocID=63.  Careful with the information about range and population size as this if for otters in America, not in British Columbia. This site has really good information about why oil spills are so bad for sea otters. 

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=32 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Enhydra_lutris.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.seaotterresearch.org/ - click "sea otters" at the bottom left of the page.  Good information on "daily life" and "mating and pups" but, because the population and range information is for California, not British Columbia.   Not a Canadian page

http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/new/marine/otters/canada/ - good information on the history of sea otters in British Columbia up to 2003

  http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/mammalinfo/seaotter.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://www.junglewalk.com/frames.asp - type in "sea otter" in the search bar and you will get - many site listings, lots of video footage, even sounds!  Not a Canadian page

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://oceanlink.island.net/seaotterstewardship/biology2.html - conservation webpage from Vancouver Island's west coast.

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

  www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm - involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems; click "Sea Otters"

13. Southern Resident Orca

Recovery strategy for Northern and Southern residents 

Table summarizing the differences between BC's populations of killer whales.  Put together by Jackie Hildering 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=699 -threats to S. Residents

http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm?issueID=110&articleID=1385 National Wildlife magazine article on the S. Residents "Orca on the Edge" 

http://www.whaleresearch.com/thecenter/research.html - population update July 2007 - 86 animals 

www.killerwhale.org - Vancouver Aquariums Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programme – good natural history information  

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservationinaction/killerwhales/country.htm - Vancouver Aquarium page on the importance of identifying killer whales as individuals.  Includes video. 

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservation/cetaceans/history.html - How our attitudes to killer whales have changed over time (from the Vancouver Aquarium). 

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_killerWhale_NE_Pac_south_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Marine-Mammals/Whales-Dolphins-Porpoise/Killer-Whales/Conservation-Planning/upload/SRKW-propConsPlan.pdf Proposed American conservation plan for the Southern Residents 

Voices of the Sea very cool  website where you can hear the sounds of cetaceans, see the spectrogram of their sounds, see video clips and learn cool facts from experts! If you click on the orca and then "conservation" and "sound of the orca", Dr. John Ford will tell you about residents and transients and the studies of resident (salmon-eating) killer whales from our area (Northern Vancouver Island). 

The back issues of the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programmes publication "The Blackfish Sounder" are now available on-line! Great source for the latest killer whale research!  Current issue.

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Marine-Mammals/Whales-Dolphins-Porpoise/Killer-Whales/ESA-Status/Orca-Recovery-Plan.cfm - The American Draft Recovery Plan for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population.  Detailed threats. 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/killerwhale/fastfacts.php  - North Pacific University's Marine Mammal Research Consortium's excellent fast facts; also click "research" and "killer whales" for very current research issues

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm -  click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org  

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.orcalab.org/about-orcas/index.htm - Orca Lab’s natural history of killer whales

ttp://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~ford/ - orca vocals; Dr. John Ford's webpage

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/whales/ - "Frontline's" discussion of orca in captivity.  History of orca in captivity.  Video footage of Japanese slaughter of bottlenose dolphins and orca. 

http://www.geocities.com/theorcaocean/OrcasInCaptivity.html - orca in captivity Not a Canadian page
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0105/orcas.html
Not a Canadian page

http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/elsberry/marspec/mm_info.html - ecolocation/biosonar

http://www.stubbs-island.com/english/orca/index.html - Stubbs Island Whale Watching’s killer whale information  

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm

http://www.saveorcawhales.org - information source for the decline of the Southern Residents

www.whalemuseum.com  
http://www.orcanetwork.org/ - southern resident resource
www.whaleresearch.com  - J, K, L pod (Southern residents) information
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/species/orca/ - the plight of the Southern Residents

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

14. Steller Sea Lion (Northern Sea Lion)

Draft Canadian Management plan - see threats. http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/marinemammals/steller/documents/SSL_MP_v5._07-Apr-08_CLEAN_Consultation_Draft.pdf

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/fastfacts.php   - Steller sea lion fast facts.  Also click "Biology" and "Research" for great detailed information.  North Pacific University's Marine Mammal Research Consortium's excellent webpage for Steller sea lions. 

Death of California sea lions as a result of getting trapped in Atlantic fish farm nets near Tofino (April 20th, 2007).  Also a problem for Steller sea lions. 

http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct7/sct7_3_2_e.cfm - see the 2nd paragraph for a summary of threats to BC's Steller sea lions

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_stellersealion_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=326 - COSEWIC report on Steller sea lions

http://www.killerwhale.ca/animals-steller.html - Information from Environment Canada 2005

http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/mammals/whales/accounts/steller/steller.htm Information from the University of Guelph, Ontario.  Be sure to explore all the pages, links given on the left.

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/video/ssl/episode1-big.html - video of the Steller sea lions team at the Vancouver Aquarium that are trained to help with research 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/lifespan.php - comparison between male, female and pup, life expectancy, video and sounds!

http://www.pacificwildlife.ca/stellersealion.htm - Pacific Wildlife Foundation - be sure you click all the tabs 

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/stellers/recovery.htm - Draft revised recovery plan for Alaskan Eastern and Western populations (May 2007)

http://www.pinnipeds.org/species/steller.htm - Seal Conservation Society international information  

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/stellers.html - quick facts from the Vancouver Aquarium

http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/marine_mammals.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=44 - lots of detail about identification some information about  behaviour and threats. An international webpage. 

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jaap/pinn-ota.htm Not a Canadian page

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Eumetopias_jubatus.html  Not a Canadian page

http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/learning/education/pinnipeds/stellarsea.asp - This is an American website so be careful when using it for population estimates in BC and COSEWIC status in your report

http://www.marinemammal.org/2004/kodiak.html - current research and the “puzzle” of threats  Not a Canadian page

http://www.marinemammal.org/2005/fastfood.php - recent studies about "junk food" theory Not a Canadian page

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/rreo/rreoref/mmammals/sealsandsealions.htm - report from 1984 from Michael Bigg and Peter Olesiuk; dated but still good natural history information

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://library.thinkquest.org/25014/profiles/sealion/ - American webpage about threats to sealions, note that Stellers are endangered in the US but "of special concern" in Canada.

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

http://www.vanaqua.org/education/aquafacts/ - Vancouver Aquarium’s web data base of frequently asked questions about marine ecosystems ; click "Steller Sea Lion"

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5 - Click "marine mammals" and do a search for your animal. Excellent on-line field guides Not a Canadian page

 www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm 

  http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/education/coastwatch/coastwatch.html - sea lions Not a Canadian page

http://netvet.wustl.edu/marine.htm  - net vet marine mammals; search links for information that may be relevant to your species Not a Canadian page

15. Transient Orca

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=606 -threats to Transients

http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/plans/showDocument_e.cfm?id=1363 - Draft transient killer whale recovery strategy . Table 1 on pages 10 to 12 rates the threats to transients. 

 Table summarizing the differences between BC's populations of killer whales.  Put together by Jackie Hildering 

www.killerwhale.org - Vancouver Aquariums Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programme – good natural history information  

www.whaleresearch.com/thecenter/Encounters_2008_007.html - amazing photos capture the attack of transient killer whales on a harbour seal and a Dall's porpoise. 

http://www.marinemammal.org/steller_sea_lion/killerwhale/fastfacts.php  - North Pacific University's Marine Mammal Research Consortium's excellent fast facts; also click "research" and "killer whales" for very current research issues

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservationinaction/killerwhales/country.htm - Vancouver Aquarium page on the importance of identifying killer whales as individuals.  Includes video. 

http://www.vanaqua.org/conservation/cetaceans/history.html - How our attitudes to killer whales have changed over time (from the Vancouver Aquarium). 

Voices of the Sea very cool  website where you can hear the sounds of cetaceans, see the spectrogram of their sounds, see video clips and learn cool facts from experts! If you click on the orca and  and "sound of the orca", Dr. John Ford will tell you about residents and transients  from our area (Northern Vancouver Island).

BC’s Cetacean Sighting’s Network information - Click on "BC's Cetaceans" and then the image of the animal. www.wildwhales.org 

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/species/species_killerWhale_NE_Pac_e.asp  - DFO pages on threats and natural history.  Good summary. 

The back issues of the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Programmes publication "The Blackfish Sounder" are now available on-line! Great source for the latest killer whale research!  Current issue.

http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/whalesdpbook/default_e.htm -Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of British Columbia, Canada

http://www.vanaqua.org/aquanews/archive.html - enter the species name in the search field to get any AquaNews bulletins posted by the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre

http://www.orcalab.org/about-orcas/index.htm - Orca Lab’s natural history of killer whales
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0105/orcas.html

http://www.geocities.com/theorcaocean/OrcasInCaptivity.html - orca in captivity Not a Canadian page

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/whales/ - "Frontline's" discussion of orca in captivity.  History of orca in captivity.  Video footage of Japanese slaughter of bottlenose dolphins and orca. 

http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/elsberry/marspec/mm_info.html - ecolocation/biosonar

http://www.dosits.org/gallery/intro.htm - click your species name to hear its sounds! and http://www.dosits.org/animals/intro.htm - study how marine mammals make sound and how sound effects them.

http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~ford/ - orca vocals; Dr. John Ford's webpage

http://www.stubbs-island.com/english/orca/index.html - Stubbs Island Whale Watching’s killer whale information

www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/mammals.htm
and http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/archivemammals.htm
- involvement of Lester B. Pearson School in a fantastic marine mammal project.  Search the site at http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/web/sitemap.htm

www.oceanlink.island.net - Bamfield Research Station’s detailed marine biology page search for your species

16. Northern Fur Seal

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessment.  See http://www.cosewic.gc.ca/eng/sct1/index_e.cfm and do a search for the common name of the animal you are studying. Proceed to "details" for the animal. 

http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/Collection/CW69-14-74-2006E.pdf

http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/rreo/rreoref2/elepseal/statusfurseal.htm

17. Offshore Killer Whales

Draft management plan http://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/marinemammals/killerwhale/documents/OKW_MP_version_5._7-Apr-08_CLEAN_Consultation_Draft.pdf

 

General information on cetaceans and lesson plans

"Voices of the Sea" lesson plans, conservation messages, interviews with scientists, great game and engaging "sound" activities

American Cetacean Society curriculum 

Royal British Columbia Museum - "Whale Tail" lesson plans - K to 7 resources on everything from myths, classification, anatomy and human impacts.