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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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I saw an article on beluga whales today that brought a smile to my face. The world's largest aquarium~ the Georgia Aquarium~ in Atlanta~ Georgia~ was told they can not acquire 18 more beluga whales. They currently have four such whales. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration said that the beluga whales~which are very intelligent~should exist in their natural habitat~ the polar oceans~ and not in an aquarium. I realize that there are two sides to the issue. In captivity~ scientists can study beluga whales and better determine how to protect their dwindling species. On the other hand~ I favor wildlife being able to roam freely. What do you think?

Extension Activities:

1. Pretend you are a beluga whale. Write about a day in your life.

2. Learn about the beluga whale from the link below. Draw/color a picture of a beluga whale and write 4 cool facts learned about the whale.

3. Pretend you work at the aquarium. Give 2 reasons why you feel you should be able to acquire more beluga whales. Pretend you are a marine biologist~ give 2 reasons why you feel beluga whales should not be allowed to be captured for aquariums.

Learn more about the beluga whale at this link:

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