Goldfish Training Contest

Do your youth have what it takes to be a marine mammal trainer? Our third annual goldfish training contest invites kids ages 10 to 14 to show off their skills by training a goldfish to perform a unique behavior. Entrants must videotape that behavior–and their training process–and submit it to The JASON Project by March 15, 2012. A grand-prize winner will be selected to join a beluga trainer at Mystic Aquarium for a day in the summer of 2012.

For more information visit: (note that videos will not be accepted for upload until January 2012.)

Teachers’ PD Workshop, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Monday, December 13, 2010, 9:30-2:30: Research on marine mammals and squids: the uses of sound in the ocean

Presenters:  Laela Sayigh, research specialist, Biology Department: “Communication in whales and dolphins” and
T. Aran Mooney, postdoctoral scholar, Biology Department: “How squids sense sound: can they hear the predators coming?”

Hear about
– current research on marine mammal communication

– new discoveries about squids and sound underwater

– Lab tour: technology and dissection reveal squids’ hearing abilities

Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included. Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2009*

* contact us to register late!
Kate Madin,; or Kathy Patterson,
Directions here, more information here
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Arctic Webcasts – February 10-12, 2010

Immersion Learning presents a week of live Marine Mammals of the Arctic webcasts, during which viewers will have the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and trainers who work with marine mammals to better understand their behaviors and physiology, as well as the impact of humans and climate change on these animals. Kids watching the programs will also be able to participate in an online question-and-answer session and polling features as they hear from these experts and learn how they can help protect the oceans.  For more information go to the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Classroom website or contact Maryann Scholl (

Presentation and Book Signing with “Basking with Humpbacks” Author Todd McLeish

Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England author Todd McLeish will give an illustrated presentation on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30PM. Held at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, the event is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Athenaeum. Light refreshments served.   In Basking with Humpbacks, McLeish profiles 11 of the most threatened species of wildlife living in the marine environment around New England. His book brings readers along on an entertaining, first-person journey with biologists who are studying these creatures to better understand the complex threats they face. Call 603-436-8043 for more information.

SouthEastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) and Mystic Aquarium present: SEA LION PUPS

Mystic Aquarium recently welcomed three, one-year-old California Sea Lion pups into the Aquarium family.  These charismatic pups were all stranded animals that were rescued and rehabilitated in California and now make their home in Mystic.  These animals are also ambassadors, revealing the challenges marine mammals face in the wild.  This is an opportunity to meet their trainer and learn all about their story including the rescue, rehabilitation, training and enrichment. Thursday, November 19, 4:15-5:45 PM, Mystic Aquarium. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. Contact Trina Barrett, 860.572.5955, ext 205 to register. SENEME Members, $5; Non-members, $20 (includes SENEME Membership). Learn more about SENEME

Long Island Sound Update Available

Interested in learning about wildlife in and around Long Island Sound? The Long Island Sound Study’s newest issue of Sound Update is now available online Learn about the 200+ dolphins that were spotted this summer and about other creatures that live in the Sound, such as sharks, river otters, seahorses, and shorebirds!! If you would like hard copies to distribute to the public or to use in your classroom, contact Larissa Graham <>.