The bulk of the class, however, is dedicated to the marked behavioral differences between Transients and Residents. Each table of students is given a gridded map of the Salish Sea (including Vancouver Island) and a packet of "information from scientists". In reality, the packets were complied by us, but they are indeed comprised of real, current data from researchers. Each group of students uses these handouts to trace the movements of Resident pods or of one of three Transient whales. The packets provide dates, locations and map coordinates for these movements based on visual sightings or data from satellite tags.
An example of a "research report" handout:
The first step is to sort the "research reports" by date:
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Each group then plots their respective Orca's movements on their maps (all fall within the date range of September 15-30, 2009):