Right Whale Outreach and Education
NOAA Fisheries recognizes the importance of outreach and education to the conservation and protection of North Atlantic right whales. Right whale education materials and programs are customized to reach specific target audiences including mariners, recreational boaters, recreational enthusiasts, (i.e. surfers, jet skiers, kayakers, parasailers) and the general public.
For more information about NOAA Fisheries right whale outreach and education programs in the Southeast U.S., contact:
Phone: (727) 824-5335
Inflatable Right Whale
The inflatable right whale calf is exhibited at schools, festivals, conferences, and trade shows. The life-size (22 ft.) inflatable right whale calf enhances outreach by drawing people to exhibits, and sharing information about right whale conservation. Schools, non-profits and other education organizations in the Southeast U.S. may request to borrow the inflatable right whale for educational purposes. The following forms must be completed when submitting a request:
Inflatable Right Whale Request Form
Inflatable Right Whale Borrowing Agreement
Right Whale Festival
The mission of this festival is to celebrate the North Atlantic right whales annual return to the Southeast U.S, which is the only known right whale calving area. This free one-day family-oriented festival featuring live music, educational presentations, food, arts & crafts, children’s activities such as an obstacle course and a passport program, a beach cleanup, a beach run, and over 40 exhibits geared towards raising awareness and inspiring the community about these critically endangered whales, their habitat, and conservation needs.
The 8th Annual Right Whale Festival will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
For more information, visit: www.rightwhalefestival.com
Right Whale Curriculum
This 19 lesson Cetacean/ Right Whale Curriculum was developed in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida and NOAA Fisheries. The curriculum was designed to be integrated into a 4th grade curriculum. The lessons incorporate right whales conservation messages through multiple subjects such as math, science, history, and reading. Most lessons take approximately one class period; lesson may be taught as a complete curriculum or independently of each other. Florida Sunshine State Standards and Common Core Standards are provided for each lesson.
To download curriculum lessons, presentations and videos, visit: http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/sea/
Right Whale Educational Materials
Shipboard Right Whale Protection Program Notebook
Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule
Mandatory Ship Reporting System
Recommended Shipping Lanes to Reduce Collisions with Right Whales
North Atlantic Right Whale Recreational Boaters ALERT/ AVOID
Report a Right Whale Sighting
Help Prevent Extinction of the North Atlantic Right Whale
Other Right Whale Education Materials:
Right Whale Fact Sheet
Right Whale Kid’s Activity Guide
How to Help a Stranded Marine Mammal? Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network Brochure
Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Viewing Guidelines
Videos & Public Service Announcements (PSAs):
North Atlantic Right Whale PSA: Slow to 10 Knots
North Atlantic Right Whale PSA: Stay 500 yards Away
Endangered Ocean: North Atlantic Right Whales (Ocean Today)