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Marine Mammals: Seals, Whales and Dolphins

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Seals, whales and dolphins are interesting marine mammals to study. This topic introduces how to classify marine mammals, their habitats, adaptations and threats. This class gives the children an opportunity to learn via teamwork and discussion activities.


This activity is designed to be used in the classroom. Pupils will:                                  

  • Learn how to classify marine mammals
  • Describe the adaptation of marine mammals
  • Become familiar with marine mammal survey techniques
  • Discuss why conservation matters and how to mitigate human impacts.

Key Stage:

2 and 3

Find out more:

If you would like to find out more about this class or if you would like to discuss a field trip to the Dove Marine Laboratory in more detail you can use the blue enquiry form to the right of this page. Alternatively you can contact our Marine Education Officer by email or by telephone: 0191 208 3066.


Work Sheet: Activity 1, line drawings of marine mammals

Work Sheet: Activity 2, Marine mammal species Identification task

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Teachers Notes





Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Resources
  • Events in School
  • Y 9
  • Y 8
  • Y 7
  • Y 6
  • Y 5
  • Y 4
  • KS 3