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Distance Learning Program: Dolphin Anatomy & Physiology

Length of Time:

30-45 Min

National Standards met:

  • Content Standard C – Organisms & Their Environment
  • Content Standard C – Structure & Function in Living Systems Populations & Ecosystems
  • Content Standard C – Diversity & Adaptations of Organisms
  • Content Standard F - Populations, Resources, & Environments

FL. Next Generation Standards met:

  • (Interdependence) SC.912.L.15.6, SC.912.L.17.2, SC.912.L.17.3, SC.912.L.17.9
  • (Communication) LA.910.5.2.1, LA.910.5.2.3, SS.912.A.1.3, SC.4.L.16.2, SC.2.L.14

(Other state standards upon request)

Ocean Literacy Principles met: 

  • OLP 1.a, d, f, g, h
  • OLP 4.b
  • OLP 5.a, b, c, d, e, f
  • OLP 6.a, c, d, e, g
  • OLP 7.a, b, c, f


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

  • Discover a dolphin’s unique personality and see what we can learn from them
  • Explore the concepts of dolphin anatomy, and ecology
  • Discuss what makes dolphins mammals
  • Basic anatomy: from flippers to flukes
  • Sensory systems and how they compare to ours
  • Physiological adaptations unique to an aquatic mammal
  • Lifespan
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
    • 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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