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Whale Communication Hide and Seek

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    Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

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Whale Communication Hide and Seek

In this activity, learners pretend that they are orcas and search for their "pods" using Morse code. As orcas use squeaks to communicate and keep track of each other, the learners will do the same, with balloons. Use this activity to discuss the various communication methods different animals use.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Communication Codes (p.4-5 of PDF)
  • Balloon


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
      • Perception

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon


  • All Rights Reserved, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, ©2005

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0338153
  • National Science Foundation, 0638731


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