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Distance Learning Program: Dolphin Reproduction & Maternity

Length of Time:

30-45 Min

National Standards met:

  • Content Standard C– Organisms and Their Environment
  • Content Standard C– Regulation and Behavior
  • Content Standard F - Populations, Resources, and Environments
  • Content Standard F - Science and Technology in Society

FL. Next Generation Standards met:

  • (interdependence) SC.912.L.16.2 SC.912.L.15.5, SC.912.L.17.2, SC.912.L.17.3, SC.912.L.17.6, SC.912.L.17.8, SC.912.L.17.15, SC.912.L.17.16,
  • (Communication)  LA.1112.5.2.1

(Other state standards upon request)

Ocean Literacy Principles met:

  • OLP 1.a, c, d, e, f, g, h
  • OLP 5.a, b, c, d,e, f
  • OLP 6.a, c, e, f, g
  • OLP 7.a, b, c, d, e, f, g

Content:

An experienced marine mammal trainer/educator will lead students through a fun and informative demonstration and discussion of the following with the help of some of DRC’s amazing dolphins

  • Students will learn and understand about the special adaptations that dolphins have to live and reproduce in this environment
  • Discover the social structure of bottlenose dolphins and how it relates to reproduction and population stability
  • Discover the differing roles that males and females play in a population
  • Learn about how the dolphins’ unique personalities play a role in calf rearing
  • Observe and understand the importance of building strong, trusting relationships why they are so important in maternity pods with the dolphins
  • Observe and hear how mothers and calves go from pre pregnancy to independence
  • Learn about the care mothers and calves receive at Dolphin Research Center including:
    • Body Inspections/ultra sound
    • Special diets
    • Special training methods
  • Learn About Ocean Conservation
    • Why understanding a dolphin's behavior and where they live helps other marine cetaceans
    • Natural & human caused threats in the wild
    • Conservation efforts you can do at home to help dolphins and your environment
  • Participate in a question and answer session at the end to get at those “always wanted to know” questions.



 

Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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