In our science lessons, we’ve started learning about whales and dolphins for our Swimming Creatures Science Lessons, and as I was reading about them it brought up all sorts of questions about their sounds, so I did a quick youtube search and played the different whale sounds. I thought I’d save ya’ll the search for whale sounds and share the whale sounds videos we listened to.
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Our textbook that led us to studying whale sounds
We’re using Apologia: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day, and studying all of these swimming creatures makes me happy. We also used (and reviewed) a Swimming Creatures lapbook. Though with the hindsight of the future Ticia and now knowing my kids general dislike of cutting out lapbook pieces, I’d get the Swimming Creatures notebooks.
Whale Sounds YouTube videos
I actually have a whale sounds playlist to listen to when I need calm and relaxing “music” to help me fall asleep or just quiet because of a headache (future Ticia who is updating this post, currently is typing this with a headache and is strongly considering starting some of these whale sounds YouTube videos to help me out)
I also couldn’t resist a few for the boys of the different whales hunting:
Why do whales make sounds?
This is the fascinating part of the lesson. Whales make sounds for a variety of reasons. At first, we thought it was only for guidance and rather like how a bat uses sonar.
Then we discovered there is some form of language in the sounds, they’re using it to communicate over vast distances.
I’d love to find out what they are saying, and maybe someday someone will discover the key to translating whale sounds.
Side quest from the Whale Sounds on YouTube: Whales hunting fish
I have to admit I could just sit there and listen to whale songs for ages. And I at least can’t think of humpback whales without thinking of this clip from Star Trek 4:
Okay, so it’s a bit of a lazy post, but I figure that’s more interesting to see than my saying we sorted them into baleen and non-baleen whales. I’ve spent most of this week either sewing, cleaning, or swimming. Busy, busy, busy.
Now for some non-whale sound YouTube video posts, but still science related
Just in case you don’t want to hear more about whale sounds, but are interested in more science lessons, here you go:
- Where is the baby plant in the peanut?
- Layers of the Florida Ocean
- How do ocean currents work
- How to get the planetary landing shuttle back
- Why do people float in salt water?
I’m resharing this because I’d forgotten how much fun it was and how much I loved these whale sound videos, and besides I just spent the weekend dealing with my daughter getting 6 stitches, which makes everything else seem odd. So this was originally published on July 10, 2011.