Introduction

Southern Resident Killer Whale Taskforce

J50 “Scarlet,” with her mom, J16 “Slick” in 2015. Photo by NOAA Fisheries West Coast

J50 “Scarlet,” with her mom, J16 “Slick” in 2015. Photo by NOAA Fisheries West Coast

Killer Whale Taskforce goes with the Introduction of Explore the Salish Sea, A Nature Guide for Kids. It also sets the main Essential Question for the entire set of Explore the Salish Sea curriculum, pointing out that we have a unique, rich, and fragile jewel in our own neighborhood: the Salish Sea, but this jewel needs our attention and action if the top predator in these waters is facing extinction. If we are to turn the fate of our Southern Resident Killer Whales around, we need to get to know our neighbors and their ecosystems and launch science-based stewardship actions.


Chapter 1

Ocean Motion

The Orion, by Jess Newley

The Orion, by Jess Newley

The ocean is the lungs of the earth. Physically, its circulation is responsible for our weather and climate and biologically, for most of the oxygen we breathe. Just how does the ocean circulate?


Chapter 2

Stormwater

By Christopher Teren, Salish Sea in Focus

By Christopher Teren, Salish Sea in Focus

Stormwater runs down our gutters, sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, carrying with it all that is left on these impermeable surfaces into storm drains and into the sea. In this unit, review the water cycle, learn the parts of a watershed, and the effects of erosion and pollution, then learn ways of purifying these waters before they enter our streams and estuaries to safeguard these ecosystems for marine life and us.