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Kelly Hudson (khudson@steds.org)

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(A8) Dolphin Communication

Dolphins produce sound differently above the water and under the water. Underwater, dolphins use a series of clicks and whistles to make sounds and communicate. In the air, dolphins make sounds releasing air through their blowholes on top of their head. Dolphins have great muscle control over their blowholes and can alter the sounds by changing the size and shape of the blowhole opening. Dolphins have never been able to look inside a dolphins’ head while it is vocalizing, so there are two theories on how dolphins do it! The most widely accepted theory is the nasal sac theory, that sounds are produced in 3 sets of air sacs in the dolphins’ heads underneath their blowhole. After a dolphin takes a breath, the air returns from the lungs and into these air sacs, making them inflate. At the opening of each of these air sacs in a nasal plug and air is forced out of the air sacs and over this nasal plug, producing various sounds. You can exemplify this with a simple balloon! 1. Listen to Dolphin Talk. 2. Click the link to watch the video. 3. Use the balloon to make dolphin sounds. 4. Record a video of you making a sound with a balloon. 5. Use the mic to explain how this is like a dolphin. 6. Click the green check to save.

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, Science
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https://dolphins.org/communication

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