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View Resource All About Lobsters

The Maine, or American, lobster is a crustacean with two strong claws: a big-toothed crusher claw for pulverizing shells and a finer-edged ripper claw resembling a steak knife, for tearing soft flesh. This website includes biological remarks, fisheries, economics, history of exploitation, and comparison with other lobsters. Also features educational activities and links to external sites.

View Resource Gulf of Maine Aquarium: Marine Mammals

This site is a source of information about cetaceans, especially dolphins and toothed whales common on the Atlantic Coast. Profiles their natural history, including: classification, adaptations, behavior; communication; social structure; interactions with humans. FAQ section answers common questions, and section on current research describes findings and cites sources, defines the scientific...

View Resource Penguin Adaptation

Designed for life in the sea, some species of penguins spend as much as 75% of their lives in the cold Antarctic water, coming out only to lay eggs and raise chicks. Heavy bones, flipper-shaped wings, streamlined body, paddle-like feet, insulating blubber, and watertight feathers all add to their efficiency and comfort underwater. This site features guided activities that show students how...

View Resource Tracking Sea Turtles

This classroom activity introduces the biology of sea turtles, population status, and human impacts. Focuses on Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), one of the smallest and most endangered of sea turtle species. This teacher's guide provides NOAA tracking data and instructions for students to follow the migration routes of six turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The page also links to related...

View Resource Aboard Alvin

This Gulf of Maine educational website takes students aboard the submersible Alvin. It includes informational pages such as a project overview, as well as pages about Alvin, hydrothermal vents, and the researchers involved in the project. Classroom activities explore nautical and mythical names such as the Titanic, instruct students how to make a model of the ocean floor in a shoebox, and...

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