Sea Lion Monitoring

by  Alaska SeaLife Center

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Students will experience how researchers are collecting data on reproductive success, maternal care and investment, bull territory divisions and behavior, and pup mortality without disturbing the animals or their habitats. Students will observe and record their own data from pre-recorded remote video feeds and identify known animals using natural markings. In addition, they will begin to discuss some prevalent theories for the drastic decline of this population.

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About This Program


By Request: $190.00

Price includes materials for up to 30 students. Extra materials are available for $1.00 per student.
$20.00 will be added to reservations made less than three weeks in advance.
Sessions for international schools may include extra postal fees.
Sites that book five or more sessions together will be discounted $10.00 per session.


55 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5 recommended

Maximum participants:

30 recommended; 60 possible

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Available any time after 7:00am Alaska time (11:00am EST) but best during daylight hours. Please visit https://www.alaskasealife.org/distance_learning for seasonal recommendations by time zone.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full cost. No fee for programs cancelled due to weather-related or similar school closures.

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Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK
United States

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a world-class marine science facility that combines a research mission with an animal rescue and rehabilitation program and public education. The center incorporates exhibits that immerse the visitor in the marine ecosystem of Alaska and provide opportunities to view animals in naturalistic habitats and research settings.

Darin Trobaugh

Program Details


1. This program will begin with an introduction to Alaska and the SeaLife Center.
2. We then discuss endangered Steller Sea Lions and their dramatic population decline. We will see how researchers are using remote video monitoring to study these animals.
3. Using pre-recorded video and still images, we will do our own scan, census, sea lion identification, and behavioral observations - just as the researchers do.
4. We view the sea lions here at the center while answering questions.


Through this Distance Learning Session your students will be able to:
-Explain why remote video monitoring is a useful tool for noninvasive research with endangered species.
-Positively identify known animals using marks such as fungal patches, scars and flipper tears.
-List several ways male Steller sea lions define and defend their territories.
-Count animals on a known rookery and identify gender, age, and behavior.
-Understand the possible correlation between the reproductive behaviors of sea lions and their status on the endangered species list.
-Describe ways in which remote monitoring can be used to solve scientific questions.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Science as inquiry
-Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
-Understandings about scientific inquiry
Life science
-Behavior of organisms
Science and technology
-Abilities of technological design
-Understandings about science and technology
Science in personal and social perspective
-Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges
History and nature of science
-Science as a human endeavor
-Nature of scientific knowledge
-Historical perspectives