Video and Text Passages

Part of the Giants of the Sea Curriculum Collection.

In four parts, these videos and text passages with discussion questions provide a case study of the Stanford University scientists at work—out at sea and in their labs.

Part 1: How did blue whales get so big?
An introduction to the largest animal that ever lived.

Part 2: What happens underwater?
The history of whale tagging and modern methods of data collection

Analyze Blue Whale Data: Student Worksheet

Part 3: How does a blue whale feed?
How blue whales have adapted by evolving extremely efficient lunge-feeding behaviors in order to live throughout the world’s oceans.

Part 4: Why does a whale’s feeding behavior matter?
The threats to blue whales and how the research on feeding behaviors could be used in conservation efforts.