School presentations provide an excellent forum to inform children about the need to protect our oceans, respect the life within then, and never to imprison dolphins or whales in sterile, concrete pools. This page provides information about The POD's school presentations, as well as some resources for teachers wishing to cover this topic with students.
How do dolphins and whales communicate?
Where on earth can blind, pink dolphins be found?
What legends do Native Peoples tell about whales and dolphins?
What are dolphin ‘midwives’ and ‘nannies’?
How can dolphins ‘X-Ray’ each other?
How did dolphins and whales evolve?
Dolphins and whales are fascinating creatures! Introduce your students to cetaceans and their oceanic home with a POD Presentation. The presentations can be tailored to suit your teaching requirements. Topics covered include…
Evolution and physiology
Differences and similarities to humans
Threats of ocean pollution, over-fishing and whale-hunting
The folklore that surrounds dolphins and whales (including Aboriginal legends and beliefs)
All presentations incorporate:
Video Footage Slides and Overheads Sound Recordings Q & A Session
Talks available in the Vancouver area year-round, as well as the countries that Dr Jason Cressey is visiting (see the Activities and Events page for a complete schedule). In 2002 these include Australia (Sydney), the UK, Maldives and USA.
Talks are given to groups of upto 50 children at a time, and can be geared towards any age-group. All school talks are conducted as a (local and global!) community service on a donation basis.
Please E-Mail The POD if you wish to find out more about school presentations or arrange a talk for your students.
Resources for Teachers
Dolphins – Peter Evans (Whittet Books, 1994). Very readable and well-illustrated introduction to dolphins from one of the world’s leading cetacean experts. Goes into considerable detail on dolphin physiology and natural behaviour, yet keeps jargon to a minimum.
The Nature Company Guides – Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises – Mark Carwardine, Erich Hoyt, Ewan Fordyce & Peter Gill (Nature Company/Time Life, 1998). Perhaps the ultimate guide to cetaceans in every ocean of the world. Beautifully illustrated, with excellent sections on photographing cetaceans and how to improve your own whale-identification skills.
Save The Dolphins – Michael Donoghue & Annie Wheeler (Bateman, 1990) A very informative, though rather depressing book. Paints a graphic picture of all the threats dolphins (and whales) currently face, from captivity and oceanic pollution to dangerous fishing nets and the use of dolphins in the military.
Discovering Marine Mammals – Nancy Field and Sally Machlis (Dog Eared Publications, 1994). A nature activity book that is both educational and fun. Filled with games, cartoons, trivia and great illustrations.
Siwiti – A Whale’s Story – Alexandra Morton (Orca Book Publishers, 1991). This BC Book Winner is a photographic account of the first year of life of an orca born off the coast of British Columbia. The book also includes information and photographs of the other marine life around Vancouver Island.
Dilo Makes Friends - Horace Dobbs (Watch Publishing, 1994). The endearing story of a baby dolphin and his first encounters with humans. Clearly written for children of 8 years and above, with wonderful cartoon illustrations.
Talbot - the Video: Dolphins and Orcas – Bob Talbot (1993). The most beautiful images of cetaceans available anywhere – accompanied by beautiful music. No plot, no words, no politics – just dolphins and whales.
Robin Williams in the Wild with Dolphins – In The Wild/PBS (1994). The inimitable Robin Williams seeks, mimics and swims with dolphins in the Bahamas. Excellent photography, and very funny! A testament to why dolphins should be encountered in the wild, not captivity.
Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea – National Geographic (1993). Outstanding photography of the orcas off the coast of British Columbia, including rarely seen footage of their ‘pebble rubbing’ in Robson Bight.
In Search of the Bowhead Whale - National Film Board of Canada (1977). Very rare shots of the elusive bowhead whale, found only in Arctic waters, together with belugas and other marine mammals of Canada’s northern latitudes.
Whales and Dolphins – Marine Mammal Fund (1985). Plain and simple film footage and underwater sound recordings of different whales and dolphins, including some rare shots of the blue whale and spectacular scenes of spinner dolphins leaping into the air. No music, no commentary – just cetaceans!
In The Company Of Whales – Roger Payne/Discovery (1992). A 90-minute examination of the state of the world’s whale populations, including some spectacular footage of humpback whales, with some depressing information about the pollution levels of the St Lawrence River and the devastating effects on the resident beluga population.
The Dolphin Dilemma – Granada (1992). Thoroughly examines (and exposes) the captive dolphin industry, with a lot of input from Ric O’Barry (the former trainer of ‘Flipper’, now turned environmental activist).
Samson and Sally: The Song of the Whales Celebrity Home Entertainment (1995). A Parents’ Choice Award animated feature film about two young whales and their adventures in their beautiful, but sometimes dangerous, ocean world. Great for kids of all ages from 5 to 95!
Tadpole and The Whale - CineFete, Montréal (1987). A Québecois film about a girl who has exceptional hearing and seeming telepathic abilities to communicate with whales and dolphins. Available in both the original French and English (dubbed).
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