12. Compare modern methods of capturing whales to those of the 1800s. Take into account that
newer harpoons us e an electric current to kill the whale quickly and easily.
13. Much has been written about the ability of whales and dolphins to make sounds. Discuss some
experiments and observations that have been made by cetologists. What do you think about what
14. We are told that dolphins and toothed whales have the ability to perceive objects by
echolocation What is echolocation?
15. List some of the sounds cetologists say are made by these animals.
16. Try to compartmentalize your information about whales as follows. Write three pertinent
sentences about each age. Then write three questions about each age. Share with the(family).
age of myths age of butchery age of protection
age of the hunt age of threat of extinction
17. Think about and tell your assessment off whale hunters who do not abide by the laws and
agreements between nations and laws of their own nations concerning when, where, kind, and size
of whales that might be caught.
18.Can you imagine the output of physical energy (muscle pwer) that a whaler used one hundred
years ago? What kind of person do you think the whaler was? What skills were necessary for a
whaler to have?
19.Do you think that whale-watching will ever become as popular as bird-watching? Why or
why not? Give reasons.
20. Would you like to ride a whale? Why or why not? Give reasons.
21. Things you can do:
22. Put your imagination to work and write a tall whale tale. Read it to your classmates. What part
of your tale is possible today? Explain. What part is at present impossible? Explain.
23. Why do you think that whales were created in the first place? Brainstormall the reasons you
can think of. What do you think might happen to them one hundred years from now?
24. What do you think would happen to the whales if most of the ocean water evaporated? How
would the whales adapt to these living conditions? What happens to the whales when an
underwater volcano erupts?
Bonner, Nigel. Whales. Blanfor, 1980.
Colliers Encyclopedia. Vol. 23, pp. 438-448, New York: McMillan, 1985.
Cousteau Jacques and Philippe Dole. The Whales: Mighty Monarch of the Sea. Doubleday, 1972.
(will finish the references next week when back in Omaha)