Save the Marine Mammals!

Save the Marine Mammals!

Problem: Sea mammals are under attack! Your help is needed in raising awareness and mobilizing your local community in saving them.

Solution: To better communicate your urgent message, create a Microsoft Sway featuring interviews with the marine biologist on your team.

Your Task

  1. Divide up into groups of two. Make sure you have Office 365 (work) or Microsoft accounts (free) and you can both login to Microsoft Sway website
  2. Decide who will play the part of interviewer, who will impersonate a marine biologist speaking about a particular sea mammal
  3. Use the Sea Mammal Resources to learn more about the challenges our fellow mammals face in the wild.
  4. You can include video/audio you create (required) or find online (be sure to cite it appropriately)
  5. You are required to include TWO interviews of marine biologists (switch roles).
  6. You can record audio directly into Sway, or take it up a notch by using ONE of the approaches below:
  7. Create your Sway using the sample storyline before (or innovate and come up with something better)
  8. Verify your Sway has been shared with all, not just with you
  9. Post Your Name, a screenshot of your two mammals (e.g. use MS Snip or PrintScreen on Windows or Command-4 on Mac) and the link to your Sway.
  10. Your "Save the Marine Mammals" Project Facilitator will combine your Sways into one and post it on the Save the Marine Mammals padlet.

Sea Mammal Resources

Note: You are not limited to the resources shared here. Google and Bing can help.

  • Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammals: There are 29 marine mammal species found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Marine Mammal Protection: The U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) protects all marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), sirenians (manatees and dugongs), sea otters, and polar bears within the waters of the United States. Endangered species.
  • Beluga Whales:
  • Seals: Each year thousands of seals are killed. A harp seal can be legally killed as soon as 2 weeks after birth. Adult seals are also killed. Roughly 80% of the seals killed in the commercial hunt are 'young of the year' - between approximately 12 days and 1 year old.
  • Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network: The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) is a non-profit organization created in 1980 to further the understanding and conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation, research and education.

Sway Storyline Guide & Example

Use this sample storyline to help you get organized.

Card #1 - Title/Header with image or video and text

Group #1 - Introduce Yourselves

  • Marine Biologist #1
  • Marine Biologist #2
  • Introduce Mammals Discussed in this Segment, a card for each

Group #2 - Marine Mammal #1

  • Card #1: Picture & Short Text
  • Card #2: Audio Interview with Marine Biologist #1

Group #3 - Closing

  • Card #1: Picture of both Marine Biologists with Twitter handles displayed
  • Card #2: A short audio, pithy message

Example Sway -