Virtual Team Member Page
April 2012 Mission
Southwest Fisheries Science Center,
NOAA Fisheries Service
Dear Virtual Team Members,
Welcome to the mission! Below are helpful links to help you discover more about gray whales.
Jake, the SeaDog
Meet the Science Team
(sent to registered classes)
Gray Whales Journal (pdf)
Chalk it up to Gray Whales stats (pdf)
Gray Whales on the Grid (pdf)
Links on the history of whaling information:
Below are links to articles that may help you introduce and discuss whaling as part of our history. Today, we've replaced the need for whale-based products. We also understand the tragic impact of over hunting any species. However, whaling was an important part of our history. It provided income and essential products for the people of the time.
This website provides a wealth of information to discuss the history of whaling in the United States, why it was an economically important industry at one time and more.
Overview of North American Whaling Find links to several excellent pages that might be helpful if you are introducing the historical aspects of whaling in your class.
Interactive web activity: This interactive activity takes kids to a 19th century whaling town, then follows a whaling ship around the world. Music and sound affects (no narration) with written text explaining details. Lots of things to click on. From the US Park Service
Selected Bibliography for Teachers and Students. Using Whaling as a Curriculum Resource A Selected Bibliography for Teachers
The Nantucket Historical Association is another great source to learn more about the history of whaling in the United States.
Candle Making A History of the Whaling Museum, By Patty Jo Rice. Nantucket Historical Association
Fall 2009 (Vol 59, No. 3) Whaling (Has article on candle making using whale oil. Also, see page 9 for "Why Whale Oils?"
Azubah Cash's Whaling Days, By Amy Jenness. Nantucket Historical Association, NHA MS 220, Log 218.Interesting journal notes from a Captains’ wife aboard a whaling ship. NOTE: It mentions killing and eating dolphins and hunting whales, so it may be distressing to younger students. Please review it before sharing with students.
Whaling Tools in the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Nantucket Historical Association By Robert E. Hellman
Wartime Whaling in East Indian Seas by Helen Winslow Chase. Nantucket Historical Association. This one is interesting because it discusses how the higher prices of whale oil during the Civil War.
The Young Boy and the Sea: Ernest Hemingway's Visit to Nantucket Island by Susan F. Beegel. University of Massachusetts, Nantucket Field Station
The First Adventures of a Veteran Nantucket Whaling Master. Nantucket Historical Association
Whaling No ‘Moby-Dick’: A Real Captain, Twice Doomed, New York Times, February 11, 2011, New York Times, February 2011
A History of California Shore Whaling. Fish Bulletin No. 6. State of California Fish and Game. January 1, 1923 (http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5q9882gb)
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