Natatorial Mammals | Swimming Animals | Science Research and Report Activity


Any mammal designed to swim such as a whale, sea lion, seal or walrus is considered a natatorial mammal. The term natatorial comes from the Latin natātor, natātōrem meaning “swimmer”. If you are preparing a Science research / report assignment on water dwelling mammals, this resource will guide students through their research and can be used as the end reporting tool!

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How will this product ‘guide’ student research?

First, students are asked to identify the specific species they will study. Next, students will be asked to answer several questions which will guide them throughout the process. Sample questions (these are not the only questions):

  • What physical features allow the species to swim?
  • How do these mammals differ in their sleep?
  • What advantages does this animal have over other animals?
  • How would you describe the social structure of the species?

Students will also be asked to give the full classification of their selected species, to draw a picture of it and to indicate on a world map where it resides.

The last page of the three page resource requires students to list the resources they used to complete their assignment.


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