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Question Set: Energy Acquisition
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  1. Endothermy
    1. Use your own words to define the term endothermy.
    2. What is the significance of endothermy to the success of mammals, particularly marine mammals?
  2. All marine mammals except the sirenians are predators.
    1. What do sirenians eat?
    2. How are sirenians adapted to this diet?
  3. All cetaceans are predators, meaning they eat other live animals. This fact might be surprising since many people think of mysticete or baleen whales as “gentle giants.”
    1. What do mysticete whales eat?
    2. How do the capture their food?
  4. The killer whale (Orcinus orca) has a common name suggesting that the species is evil or malicious in nature.
    1. How does its predatory behavior compare to that of other marine mammals?
    2. Do you think Orcinus orca is a mean-spirited animal? Explain your answer.
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