Science 101: How do animals communicate underwater? by: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

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Well, they often use hand signals, such as the “OK” sign, and sometimes they write on message boards. So much for how SCUBA divers (classified as animals) communicate! Other than the authors’ knowledge of sound waves and how they move air and water, along with the fact that whales and dolphins make cool sounds, SCUBA diver communication was about the extent of his understanding of how animals’ communicate underwater. So, he did a bit of research and discovered lots of interesting things, which he shares in this month’s column.

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  • on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:41 PM

This is a fascinating article about animal communication in water. When we think about communication we think of our sense of hearing but one has to consider sight plays a big part as well. Sharks on the other hand have an awesome ability to smell prey a great distance in water. With that said the author describes how various animals communicate underwater with some very unique ways a few animals approach this. This would be a great read for students and a fun way to start a unit on sound.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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