Marine Mammals Senses

by  Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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A dynamic,
multimedia presentation comparing and contrasting sensory systems of marine
mammals and humans, what they are used for and why they are different. Review
major groups of marine mammals, including sea otters and polar bears. Learn
what makes dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions and manatees unique and exquisitely
adapted to life in the ocean. Discuss human impacts making it harder for them
to use their senses for everyday living. Brainstorm what humans can do to be
better environmental stewards.

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About This Program


By Request: $95.00

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30 to 45 minutes with Q & A;

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

While the program can be done for an individual it is designed for small to large groups

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum but for optimum interactivity we suggest no more than 30 participants

Primary Disciplines

Sciences environment, conservation

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

Availability: Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST. Reservations: must be made at least 7 days in advance. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your program date to avoid billing. In order to book a program please go to: www.pacificmmc.org/education-programs/

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Reservations: must be made at least 7 days in advance. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your program date to avoid billing. Program fee is expected to be paid in full at time of reservation. Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance to receive a refund minus a $25 administrative fee. Programs may be transferred to another date at no charge.

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Laguna Beach, CA
United States

Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. We host 45 minute Distance Learning programs and provide a variety of presentations. We can accommodate video conferences anytime from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST. Please visit out URL to book a program!

Kirsten Donald

Program Details


The program begins with a brief review of what properties make an animal a mammal.

The major groups of marine mammals are introduced followed by a discussion on how sensory systems help us adapt to our environment. Students compare and contrast marine mammal sensory systems with that of humans and discover some of the extraordinary ways marine mammals are different in order to adapt to an ocean environment.

The program concludes with a discussion about human impact on the ocean that makes it harder for these animals to live and what we can all do in our own lives to make a difference.

10 to 15 minutes are allotted for a question and answer session. Program includes video demonstrating marine mammal senses.


Students will:
1. Explore the traits of mammals and what makes marine mammals unique
2. Compare and contrast sensory systems of humans with that of multiple types of marine mammals
3. Learn how sensory systems help us survive in our environment
4. Develop an appreciation for marine mammal abilities as well as how humans are impacting them and what can be done to mitigate those problems.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Asking Questions and Defining Problems K-2
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information K-2
Cause and effect K-2
Structure and function K-2
ESS3C K-2 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1D K-2 -- Information ProcessingScience and Engineering Practices
1. Asking questions and defining problems
2. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas
• LS 1.A – Structure and Function
• LS 1.D – Information Processing
• ESS 3.C – Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Crosscutting Concepts
1. Cause and effect
2. Structure and function