(at the ISC or Your Site)
Marine mammals, such as whales, seals, manatees, and even polar bears, are important apex predators at the top of the marine food chain. Participants will explore the diversity of marine mammals and their unique adaptations to the ocean environment. They will investigate how baleen and toothed whale feed differently, how the fatty layer of blubber creates an important insulation layer, and how many marine mammal species can dive to great depths for long periods of time. Participants will explore these topics with hands-on demonstrations and discuss human interactions and marine mammal conservation issues.