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There's a lot to learn about marine life. Explore study guides, find lesson plans for teachers, and test your knowledge with marine life quizzes and games.

Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center
An ocean of free teacher-approved marine education resources. Read about ocean science topics, download lesson plans, explore professional development opportunities, and sign up for an ocean educator's e-mail list.

NOAA: Marine Debris 101
Every year, marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation, and poses a threat to human health. Learn about the problem of marine debris and download activity sheets and outreach materials.

Keep Oceans Clean Campaign: Games and Activities
Learn about the effects of trash on the marine environment by playing games and viewing a public service announcement featuring Ariel, the Little Mermaid, and her friends.

WhaleNet
WhaleNet is an interactive educational web site that focuses on whales and marine research. View satellite tracking data, a catalog of humpback whales, download images, videos and activities and more.

Project Shark Awareness - Florida Museum of Natural History
Project Shark Awareness was created to educate the public about shark myths and realities, including biology, behavior and conservation. You'll find information here on teacher training workshops, a teacher kit and a "shark awareness kit" that includes shark jaws, teeth, skin and fossils.

New England Aquarium - Games and Activities
This site from the New England Aquarium includes activities that parents and kids can do at home, and activities that teachers can do in the classroom.

NOAA National Ocean Service Education: Prince William's Oily Mess
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground, resulting in the largest oil spill ever to occur in U.S. waters. This NOAA site explains the disaster and the monitoring project that commenced to determine how Prince William Sound has recovered, and has resources and activities for students and teachers.

American Cetacean Society - Cetacean Curriculum
Learn about cetaceans and download activities and fact sheets on many cetacean species here at the American Cetacean Society's web site.

SeaWorld Teacher's Guides
SeaWorld's site for teachers includes downloadable guides on marine animal behavior and training, endangered species, marine animal husbandry, and more.

NOAA National Ocean Service Education: Lionfish Discovery Story
Learn more about lionfish - a beautiful fish with venomous spines that has invaded U.S. waters - in this set of information and lesson plan from NOAA.

EarthOcean - Teacher's Guides
Visit this site for short documentaries about cetaceans and marine issues, and downloadable teacher's guides.

Antarctica - Activities from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium
This site from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium features 7 educational activities related to polar marine habitats, focusing on penguins.

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