North Atlantic Right Whale

Educational Website Resources Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

Alyce Jordan and Christa Levesque

Wheelock College

April 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium: Whale Facts

            Website: www.rightwhaleweb.org/whale_facts.html

Website Organization: Paragraph style information. Sidebar provides internal links such as Right Whale History, Biology, Habitat, and Identification.

            Grade Level: General

Why Good: Provides general information about the North Atlantic Right Whales. The Website discusses threats to the North Atlantic Right Whales and potential reasons for the population decline. The sidebar provides more information about the North Atlantic Right Whales.

 

 

Title: WhaleNet

            Website: http://whale.wheelock.edu/Welcome.html

Website Organization: Website is split into three sections, Student, Teacher, and Public. Also Includes sidebar links.

            Grade Level: All ages

Why Good: The website provides information about Right Whale programs (sidebar link) that includes information about sightings. Student, Teacher, and Public pages provide significant information and activities that is sure to get everyone excited about Right Whales.

 

 

Title: Northeast US Right Whale Sighting Advisory System

            Website: http://rwhalesightings.nefsc.noaa.gov/

Website Organization: Map of whale sightings followed by information in article format and sidebar links to more information.

            Grade Level: general

Why Good: Provides information about recent sightings of North Atlantic Right Whales along the Northeast United States Coast. It also provides information about the greatest threats to the North Atlantic Right Whales. Sidebar links provide information about protection of Right Whales and Ship Strike Reduction. You can access multiple days worth of sightings and track where the North Atlantic Right Whales are.

 

 

Title: Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary: North Atlantic Right Whale Curriculum Overview

         Website: http://graysreef.noaa.gov/rwoverview.html

            Website Organization: Paragraph format with additional pages on the sidebar.

            Grade Level: Teachers.

Why Good: Provides significant information about North Atlantic Right Whales. External sidebar links provide information such as educational opportunities for students and teachers as well as ongoing research projects.

 

 

Title: Answers.com – Right Whale

         Website: http://www.answers.com/topic/right-whale

Website Organization: Information under categories, such as Britannica and Dictionary.

            Grade Level: general

Why Good: Provides cited information from Britannica, a dictionary, and Wikipedia. Information is basic, such as what are right whales, its scientific name, and its physical characteristics.

 

 

Title: The Humane Society of the United States: Right Whales

         Website:      http://www.hsus.org/marine_mammals/a_closer_look_at_marine_mammals/right_whales/

Website Organization: Paragraph form, provides additional links about topic on the bottom of website.

            Grade Level: general.

Why Good: Provides good information about the North Atlantic Right Whale, including the basic information of physical description and habitat. Additional links at bottom of page discuss additional issues such as “The North Atlantic Right Whale: Doomed to extinction?”

 

 

Title: Sea Web: Leading Voices for A healthy Ocean. Ocean Briefings: North Atlantic Right Whales

            Website: http://www.seaweb.org/resources/briefings/rightwhales.php

            Website Organization: Paragraphs under headings.

            Grade Level: 5 and above

Why Good: Discusses the North Atlantic Right Whale; problems surrounding the whale population, including population decline; and the causes of said problems, including human-related factors. Also provides information for further reading.

 

 

Title: The Right-of-Way for the Right Whale

Website: http://www.spaceforspecies.ca/meeting_place/news/stories/right_whale.htm

            Website Organization: Paragraphs with pictures of North Atlantic Right Whales

            Grade Level: 5 and above

Why Good: Provides significant information about the North Atlantic Right Whales, their habitat, threats against it, and new conservations programs. Provides external links such as: “East Coast Ecosystems: the Right Whale” and “On the Trail of the Right Whale.”

 

 

 

Title: Ocean Conservatory: Right Whales

            Website:         http://www.oceanconservancy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=fw_rightwhales

            Website Organization: Paragraph format under headings

            Grade Level: Middle School and beyond.

Why Good: Provides specific information about Right Whales, including habitat and diet, endangerment, and other threats. Also includes external links on “How you can help.” If you type Right Whales into the search bar it will produce a significant amount of websites dealing with topics such as ocean conservation, petitions you can sign, and government proposals.

 

 

Title: Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station

            Website: http://www.gmwsrs.org/conserv.htm

Website Organization: bulleted information under headlines. The links at the top of the page bring you to specific content further down on the page.

            Grade Level: Middle School and beyond.

Why Good: Discusses in great detail the threats against the North Atlantic Right Whale population. Specific content includes: “North Atlantic Right Whales Eubalaena glacialis - The Problem, Canadian Context, Canadian Right Whale Recovery Plan, Right Whale Characteristics, Challenges to Recovery, Shipping, Conservation Zones, Entanglement, Whale Disentanglement Network, Habitat Changes, Low Genetic Diversity, What happens if a dead right whale is found?, New Brunswick Stranding Network, Role of Research, North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, Summary, How can you help?

 

 

Title: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Right Whale Fact Sheet

            Website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/endspec/riwhfs.html

            Website Organization: Paragraphs under headings with a few pictures.

            Grade Level: Late Elementary (4/5) and beyond

Why Good: Provides information about North Atlantic Right Whales including their description, life history, distribution and habitat and status. Also provides information that needs to be done in New York State. Website provides additional resources at the bottom of the page for further research.

 

 

Title: Whale Disentanglement Continued

            Website: http://www.gulfofmaine.org/times/fall99/headline.html

            Website Organization: Paragraphs under headings.

            Grade Level: Late Middle School-Adult.

Why Good: Provides information about the population struggle of the North Atlantic Right Whales, which includes the dangers of entanglements. Also provides information about disentanglement efforts.

 

 

Title: The Library of Congress

            Website: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:s.1380.is:

            Website Organization: paragraphs under headlines

            Grade Level: Adult

Why Good: Describes the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Act of 2001. Includes information on findings of government studies, the recovery act, research grants, and suggestions to reduce ship-whale collisions.

 

 

Title: Scientist Mount Assault to Save Endangered Right Whales

Website: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/08/0822_TVrightwhales.html

            Website Organization: Article

            Grade Level: All Ages

Why Good: This website provides information about new technology that is currently used to help the North Atlantic Right Whales. The article is centered on the following idea: “Boat collisions and injuries from fishing lines have contributed greatly to the death of right whales. But scientists are optimistic that better knowledge of the creature's biology and behavior coupled with recent technological innovations could enable them to rescue the species.”

 

 

Title: Paleontological Research Institution

Website: http://www.priweb.org/whale2030/right_whales.htm

Website Organization: Article with external links

Grade Level: general

Why Good: Provides information about why the Right Whales were hunted and how they can be identified. The external links on the bottom of the page offer more opportunities to learn about North Atlantic Right Whales, including a link to a list of websites that will be helpful.

 

 

Title: Detailed Information About Right Whales

Website: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/nmml/education/cetaceans/right2.htm

Website Organization: Paragraphed answers under bold questions. Questions also presented at top of page where links will take you to the corresponding answer.

Grade Level: Elementary-Adult

Why Good: Basic information about Right Whales that can be easily navigated by an elementary school aged child. Questions answered are: “Where do Right Whales live? How many Right Whales are there? How can I identify a Right Whale? What do Right Whales eat? How Long do Right Whales live? How do they die?” The website also provides additional resources, including books and websites.

 

 

Title: National Geographic Kids: Slow Down for Calvin the Right Whale

Website:  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/AnimalsNature/Slowdownforcalvin

Website Organization: Article from the magazine

Grade Level: Elementary

Why Good: Is easy to read for grades 2-5 and introduces students to the North Atlantic Right Whale. Describes a story of Calvin, a North Atlantic Right Whale, and how proposed speed limit restrictions for boats could help save her life. Provides “Fun Facts” such as why the whales are referred to as ‘Right Whales’ as well as how they are identified.

 

 

Title: The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium

Website: http://www.rightwhaleweb.org/

Website Organization: Paragraph style, Links on side providing a great deal of information

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: The Right Whale Consortium website provides a lot of valid information about right whales.  Facts, rescue information, photos, and different descriptions of the group itself make up the website.  As part of a curriculum, this website would be valuable to older children who are familiar with the set up of a website.  If they understand clicking links to find more information, this page would be perfect because it has a number of important facts about the whales’ livelihood and what is being done to protect it.

 

 

Title: Animal Info - North Atlantic Right Whale

Website: http://www.animalinfo.org/species/cetacean/eubaglac.htm

Website Organization:

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This page provides a great deal of information on many aspects of the life of a North Atlantic Right Whale.  Kids from the ages of 12 – 14 would be able to read this and understand it.  Since the facts are broken down into sections, this would help in different aspects of studying and curriculum. 

 


Title: Right Whales (Eubalaena glacialis)

Website: http://www.jeffreysledge.org/egtext.htm

Website Organization: Paragraphs with brief headings, links at the bottom of the page to other helpful resources

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This website is easy to understand and is broken down into different sections so that kids doing research may not have to read through all of the information.  Jeffrey’s ledge is an area in the Atlantic Ocean stretching from MA to ME where many different animals mate and feed.  The Jeffrey’s ledge website seems to be a valid resource because it is made by people whose job is to observe the ledge and the different species who pass through it. 

 

 

Title: Science Daily

Website: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/07/050726075715.htm

Website Organization: Article format with a side bar on the right with different links and pictures

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: Although this article is about two years old, it still carries a great deal of importance.  I like that way that it is written because rather than just writing the facts of the population decrease, the facts are described with words like catastrophic and threatening.  These type of words and descriptions draw people in.  This will grab the attention of anyone who happens to come across this website.

 

 

Title: The North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog

Website: http://www.neaq.org/rwcatalog/

Website Organization:  Links and pictures throughout.

Grade Level:  Elementary School – Middle School

Why Good: Once the site is completely up and running, it has interactive games on the links on the page and provides kids with a different way to learn about this species.

 

 

Title: American Cetacean Society Fact Sheet: Right Whale

Website: http://www.acsonline.org/factpack/RightWhale.htm

Website Organization: Brief paragraphs with specific headings.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: The facts are easily explained and divided into sections.  These sections are short and right to the point.  Because it is the American Cetacean Society, I know that the information is valid.

 


Title: NOAA Fisheries Service: Ship Strike Reduction

Website: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/shipstrike/

Website Organization: Short introduction paragraph. Links to different ship strike information as well as right whale tracking data.

Grade Level:  Late Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This website was designed to inform the public about the NOAA’s plan to reduce the number of whales killed by ship accidents.  It gives different links to the proposed rules, the latest news, and the latest whale sightings. 

 

 

Title: IFAW: Saving North Atlantic Right Whales

Website: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=127218

Website Organization: Links on the left side of page to more data. Paragraph format otherwise.

Grade Level:  Elementary School - Adult

Why Good: This page introduces the animal and talks about why it needs help.  At the bottom of the page, there are a number of links to go to in order to find specific information on the creatures and ways to save them.  This site is good for students because it provides a good deal of information and also involves a lot of information about other animals that are endangered which could potentially spark the child’s interest. 

 

 

Title: Be Aware - Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales are Lingering in the Bay of Fundy

Website: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2006/mar13_e.htm

Website Organization: Article format.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: The Canadian branch of Fisheries and Oceans has an article from November 2006.  In it, they are concerned that the whales are lingering in the Bay of Fundy rather than traveling south for the fall and winter like usual.  This may be a good article to show your kids because it may make connections to other areas of environmental science.  The water may have stayed relatively warmer because of the climate and the animals may not have realized how late it was.  Global warming could stem off of this issue and open up the class for an entirely different subject to learn about.

 


Title: WDCS: North Atlantic Right Whale Campaign

Website: http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/EB3CC10D992812A280257274005B2D4F

Website Organization: Paragraph format with links. Sample letter at the bottom for replication.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This website is a good change of pace because it addresses the idea of the endangerment of Right Whales and provides a way to help fix it.  There is a list of senators and a letter format to try to get the government more involved.  This is a great site for kids who want to take their learning a step further.

 

 

Title: Oceana: Protecting the World’s Oceans

Website: http://www.oceana.org/north-america/what-we-do/stop-dirty-fishing/marine-mammals/north-atlantic-right-whale/

Website Organization: Photograph. Brief paragraphs. Links on left side of page.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: Oceana is a group whose mission is to protect the oceans and the ocean creatures.  This particular website gives a blurb about the North Atlantic Right Whale and its endangerment.  Oceana wrote a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service telling them that their plan was not very full proof.  The letter is just a link away.  I believe this site would be beneficial for children to see so they realize that even though people say that they are fixing the problem, they may not be doing a good enough job.

 

 

Title: Wrong Turn for Right Whales

Website: http://audubonmagazine.org/features0611/whales-webExclusives.html

Website Organization: Paragraph format with pictures of aerial views.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This website appears to be valid because it is a public magazine that is read by a great deal of people.  This article talks about how much effort scientists are putting in to try to keep this rare animal from going extinct.  In particular the work that many scientists from Woods Hole in MA is documented.  It would be helpful for students to get a good sense of much time is devoted to keeping these animals safe.

 

 


Title: WWF Right Whales

Website: http://www.worldwildlife.org/cetaceans/subspecies/subspecies_rw.cfm

Website Organization: Paragraph format. Links on both sides of page.

Grade Level: Elementary School - Adult

Why Good: In this article, there is a brief overview of the NARW from the perspective of the World Wildlife Federation.  The WWF deals a lot with endangered animals so it is easy to say that this is valid.  The article itself is easy to understand and is not so wordy so children study this curriculum would benefit from reading it. 

 

 

Title: Giants in the Balance: The Race to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale

Website: http://www.capecodonline.com/special/rightwhales/

Website Organization: Divided into three sections with pictures and links for each day.

Grade Level: Elementary School - Adult

Why Good: This site gives a number of different links providing a substantial amount of information about the NARW.  There are facts, pictures, articles and even quizzes about this animal.  This would be a terrific resource for kids especially those in MA to learn about the whale.

 

 

Title: Using Sound to Save Whales from Extinction

Website: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17076191/

Website Organization: Article format with links on the left side with different options.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: The article on this page introduces a way to provide sound waves in order for approaching vessels to be aware of endangered marine animals in the nearby water.  With this 24 – 7 listening system they hope to avoid ship strikes.  Because this is relatively different than the other research that is being done, it would be good for children to see the many types of research being performed regarding these animals.

 

 

Title: Whale Conservation: Bay of Fundy

Website: http://www.gmwsrs.org/conserv.htm

Website Organization: Links at top lead to paragraphs at bottom.

Grade Level:  Middle School - Adult

Why Good: Grand Manan Island is off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada and sits right in the middle of the Bay of Fundy.  This site provides a great deal of information about the location and the NARW in general.  There are many links and pictures to provide more information about the whales.  Children could benefit from this site because the information is easy to read and understand.  It would be different than all of the info they are reading about the coast of MA.

 

Title: Environmental Prediction in the Gulf of Maine

Website: http://www.gomoos.org/environmentalprediction/

Website Organization: Links at top to other important information. Split into sections with brief paragraphs and photos.

Grade Level: Middle School – Adult

Why Good: The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System tracks the number of North Atlantic Right Whale and makes predictions about newer births.  There are terrific images and links on this page to explain the predictions that this group is making. 

 

 

Title: Slow Down for Calvin the Right Whale!

Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/portal/site/Kids/menuitem.5b1c7b0f2785ed81b92c3010ca248a0c/?vgnextoid=282e4c62b1eae010VgnVCM1000006b02a8c0RCRD&vgnextchannel=5778edfab621d010VgnVCM1000006640a8c0RCRD

Website Organization: Rotating pictures and paragraph format. Easy to read for children.

Grade Level:  Elementary School - Adult

Why Good: National Geographic for Kids wrote an article about Calvin, a familiar NARW off the coast of MA.  This is brief description of the whale and her history.  This site is perfect for kids because it is made for kids.  More than that, it is about an animal that is familiar to this area so it may provide a greater deal of interest.

 

Title: Ship Slices Another Endangered Whale

Website: http://www.livescience.com/animalworld/070103_whale_death.html

Website Organization: Article with words the lead to links throughout.

Grade Level: Middle School - Adult

Why Good: In January 2007, a NARW was found lacerated to death on the coast of Georgia.  There are quotes from people who work at the NEAQ and the Woods Hole research center so I believe that all of the information is truthful and valid.  The pictures are a bit graphic but children need to be aware of the troubles facing this innocent species.

 

Title: Part I. Stranded Right Whale Washes Ashore

Website: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/mammals/stranding.html

Website Organization: Split into two parts. Paragraphs and pictures throughout.

Grade Level:  Middle School - Adult

Why Good: This is an interesting website that tells the story of a couple who found a dead NARW in the early 90s in Florida near their home.  The site goes on to tell the process of what happened in the removal and study of the whale.  This is a terrific site for children studying this to see because they will see how much researchers want to understand exactly what occurred so that they can later try to prevent it.