A picture of a humpback whale breeching the water

This time on The Children’s Hour we’re learning about the largest animal to ever live on Earth, which still roams the oceans today: whales.

Underwater photo of a grey whale mother and baby
Photo by Swanson Chan on Unsplash

Once hunted to near extinction, some whales are making a comeback. While others remain critically endangered. These are photos of critically endangered whales.

Meet Melania Guerra, a marine biologist who researched whale songs and background noise interference in San Ignacio Lagoon, the birthing waters of Gray Whales. Melania wants to know if croaker fish songs each afternoon are limiting communication in the lagoon.

Dr. Melania Guerra by Melissa Fernández

We also hear the story The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson, published by Puffin Books, and performed by the Kids Crew.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Katie also talks with a Mexican pongero, or boat driver who teaches kids and adults about the friendly whales in his backyard. 

A pongero with whale eco-tourists in San Ignacio Lagoon

Take a trip under the sea with The Children’s Hour this week to learn about whales!

Learn even more about whales and how you can help save them from extinction!

Image by Vivek Kumar on Unsplash
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