This is one of my friends, a whale shark. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea and, as you can see, also one of the most beautiful. Whale sharks grow to reach 40 feet or more! Maybe as big as 65 feet long! Their average weight is about 40,000 pounds. That’s about the weight of 10 cars!
Its white spots and pale vertical and horizontal stripes make it easy to identify. They have a flattened head with a blunt snout and a giant mouth. According to EVERYTHING SHARKS (National Geographic Kids, 2011) it’s mouth is almost as wide as a car! Wow!
Don’t worry, this gorgeous giant is only interested in eating plankton (tiny plants and animals).
Like many shark species, whale sharks need our help. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) lists whales sharks as vulnerable mostly due to overfishing.
Join WhaleTimes, Southwest Fisheries Science Center/NOAA and the Oceanscape Network, for Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation, a Virtual Research Mission that connects gray whale biologists with students, teachers, and the public. This event runs April 20 to May 1, 2015.
…a consortium of amazing scientists and organizations studying the Gulf of Mexico deep sea. WhaleTimes will share that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to you through our Creep into the Deep Virtual Research Missions, Postcards from the Deep, Taking Science Deeper Curriculum, and so much more.
Our first Postcards from the Deep…Endarriving this spring.
I’ve been out at sea and saw one of my favorite whales, the humpback whale. These giant beauties can grow up to 48 to 62.5 ft. That’s longer than a train boxcar. Humpbacks weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Though they haven’t won any Grammy awards, humpback whales are famous for their songs — a kind of vocalization that lasts for hours. Like some award winning love songs, male humpbacks might sing to attract females .
Like other baleen whales, humpbacks migrate between feeding and breeding grounds. They eat krill, a tiny shrimp-like animal, plankton and small fish. Humpbacks are also known for their acrobatics, sometimes leaping completely out of it. Wow! Scientists think they might do this to clean pests from their skin or just for fun.
WhaleTimes has taken k-7 kids to research sites in Antarctica, California, and the deep sea through our Virtual Research Mission program…and now Oregon Coast is joining us on our next adventures with gray whales and the deep sea!
Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network (ON) connects young people to science and nature using technology as a bridge. Launched early last year, ON is a free educational resource which allows teachers to build online student communities, facilitate inquiry-based science in their classrooms, and access a variety of natural history resources about the ocean, its species, ecosystems and conservation concerns. Continue reading →
Did you know that there are many different types of rays?
One fascinating ray is the electric ray. Electric rays get their names from their ability to generate and discharge a strong electric current. Touching one is like sticking your finger in a light socket! This stunning adaptation allows the ray to shock predators and prey. The shock from an electric ray can knock down a full grown human. Wow, can you say shocker!
Here’s the announcement from The Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington :
April 20- May 1, 2015 Daisy- Ambassador (age appropriate materials)
Are you interested in the ocean and the beautiful creatures that dwell within? Did you know that a gray whale is 45 ft long – that’s longer than a school bus! (A newborn calf is as long as a Jeep!) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know more about whales, or follow them on their fantastic journey as they travel through the seas? Join WhaleTimes for their Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation Virtual Research Mission and be connected with scientists that do this very thing, and get first-hand insider knowledge of the whales, their habits and movements. You can see photos, interact with scientists, ask questions and get answers in this digital pen-pal style event no matter where you live! Interested?
Girl Scouts can be any age level (Daisy- Ambassador) and live in any location in our council and still experience this unique opportunity! Spaces are limited so sign up today!
Council Wide FREE
Have questions or want to sign up? Troop leaders contact WhaleTimes firstname.lastname@example.org (You can sign up as an individual troop member, but you must have your parent/guardian contact us.)
Animals dressed in red velvet, some as transparent as glass, and others that flash and ripple with light so bright they could light a room. Every animal and discovery in the deep is weirder and more wonderful than the next. Only 5% of the ocean has been explored. In order to protect the ocean, there is so much more we must learn. Join us on a mission to investigate how the cool creatures that creep in the deep survive!
Take your STEM curriculum to new depths by participating in Creep into the Deep, WhaleTimes’ original Virtual Research Mission.
For grades 3-6. Teachers, ENROLL TODAY! Space is limited.
Be part of WhaleTimes next Virtual Research Mission…
Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation
Students connect with Southwest Fisheries Science Center-NOAA (SWFSC) biologists at the Piedras Blancas (California) field station. This is the third year SWFSC scientists have invited classrooms ‘into’ the gray whale research station. Students learn about the importance of monitoring and counting mother-calf pairs, photo identification of individual whales, and more.
Mission Date: April 20 to May 1, 2015
To register or find out about classroom scholarships contact: graywhales2015 this URL