In this activity, students will create their own whale call and learn how Killer whales (Orca) communicate with each other.
Each Orca pod has its own collection of calls (dialect), which is almost like a language. They use sound to help them travel through murky water, to find prey and to communicate with others in their pod.
Killer whales can communicate using 3 different sounds:
- Clicks – sounds like running your fingers along a comb
- Whistles – just like human whistles
- Calls – unique to each family or pod
Human-made noise pollution from ships, propellers, ocean research and other activities has increased in the past years. These noises confuse the whales and other animals that rely on echolocation for communication or to locate food.