Thursday, February 19, 2009

Whale Evolution Multimedia

To understand the Whale's Tale project, students watched the video clip titled How Do We Know Evolution Happens? that can be found at this link:
and part of the video Part 1 of Walking with Prehistoric Beasts to see how the Ambulocetus lived.

To understand the characteristics of a modern whale, students watched 3 video clips: Alaskan Whales, the pictures can be found on the following web page:,
Whale Song, which can be found at this web site
Blue Whale Song
and Dolphins Blowing Bubble Rings, which can be found here:

Here is a video that summarizes whale evolution over time:

Here is a whale video that summarizes the evidence for evolution and has some details about whale evolution:

Star-Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The Crew of the Enterprise goes back in time to save humpback whales

North Atlantic right whales decline confirmed: 458 remaining: Study confirms need for urgent action

40 Ton Humpback Whale Leaps Entirely Out of the Water! A Video by Craig Capehart

Here are some useful links about Whale Evolution:

Mesonychid ancestor/relative of the whale:

Early Whales Gave Birth On Land, Fossil Find Reveals

"Whale Lice" Genes Offer Clues to Whale Evolution

Jurassic Shrew is Earliest Known Mammal That Used a Placenta (our common ancestor!)

Smithsonian Magazine's article on Evo-tourism

The Origin of Whales and the Power of Independent Evidence by Raymond Sulera

Whales evolved from a small, deer-like mammal

Another "Walking Whale" Fossil has been discovered:

Is the Hippopotamus the Closest Living Relative to the Whale?

Deep-diving whales could hold answer for synthetic blood
Study shows how marine mammals pack muscle cells with oxygen-holding protein

There are many other facts about whales that you can discover on your own. Try these web pages:
What is a Modern Whale?
Information on proto-whales
Pliosaur (not a whale):
Beaked whale:
General Whale Information:
Oceania Project
Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary
World Wide Whales (Link Exchange)
Center for Whale Research
Cetacean Society International (Link Exchange)
Whales as marine ecosystem engineers
Video footage of whales and dolphins feeding
Helicopter ride reveals enormous mass of anchovies, herded by dolphins and whales |
Humpback Whale
Video of what it feels like to swim with the majestic whales:
Whales and Dolphins
Marine Mammals
See the Ancient Whale Skull Recovered from a Virginia Swanp

The importance of Fossils

The Trends in Whale Evolution and Evidence Whales have Changed Over Time

Video - How Whales Change Climate

Whale Gifs

Whale Video - Whales An Unforgettable Journey - IMAX
     narrated by Patrick Stewart

Just for fun, there are walking whales in the movie, The Croods

Why Do Whales Sing?  Whale communication

Roland Unger [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The Valley of Whales, Egypt

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