My previous career was as a marine biologist and I worked on ships and at field stations studying primarily whales and dolphins. When I started teaching, I wrote both of these books over a 5 year period, one hour at a time. Over 22,000 copies have been sold.
Some sample activities can be found here on this website.
It is a book that had to be written because of the author and illustrator’s passion for whales. Whale biologists have readily contributed data to make this book come to life for children. Hundreds of students and teachers have used this book and have added valuable editing comments. The book is divided into three parts: Whale Biology, Whale Research, Whaling and Conservation.
Draw a whale
Whale and dolphin Key
How Whales Feed
How Whales Breathe
How Long does a Whale Dive?
A Day with a Blue Whale
How Fast Does a Whale Travel?
Fluke Identification of Humpbacks
Year in the life of a Humpback
Whaling and Conservation
Estimates of Whale Populations
History of Whaling
Why were Whales Hunted? (Exploring old whaling logs)
Bowhead Whaling and Women’s Corsets
Can the Right Whale Survive the Next 50 Years?
Conservation Topics: The Economics of Whaling and Whale Watching; St Lawrence Beluga Whales; Will the Blue Whale Survive?; Greenpeace and the Whale War and more.