For Teachers Utilizing This Curriculum as a Teaching Tool
- Lead a discussion about niches. Ask each student to define
their own particular "niche."
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- Much of a dolphin's life revolves around finding food. As a class, make
a list of all the adaptations (anatomical, behavioral, physiological) dolphins
have undergone to successfully gather all the food they need.
- Four species of dolphins are commonly found in Hawaiian waters. Ask each
student to draw a picture of their favorite "Hawaiian" dolphin
and write a brief essay explaining why they like that dolphin the most.
- Several methods of catching fish have been determined to be harmful to
dolphins (ie., purse-seining, driftnetting). Knowing this, why do you think
some countries continue to use these fishing techniques? What would YOU
do to try and convince them to stop?
- Discuss the effects of biomagnification in the marine food chain. What
effects could this potentially have on humans?
- Lead a discussion about subsistence hunting of dolphins and other marine
mammals. Ask students to give reasons why they are in support of subsistence
hunting or why they are against it.
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