The following Resource was produced as part of the COWRIE funded Life Around the Turbines Project.

Sound travels great distances underwater, five times faster than in air. Humans find it hard to detect where a sound is coming from underwater, however marine mammals have developed their hearing and use of sounds to allow effective hunting, navigation and communication skills. Human activities can generate large amounts of underwater noise, which has the potential to impact marine animals if it is not managed properly. These resources will allow you to deliver a lesson, which introduces these concepts and that will help you demonstrate how sound travels through different materials.



Relevance and Aims:

Running the Activity

The Dolphin game

  • An interactive game to play indoors or outside. Demonstrates how animals use sound to navigate and hunt and how this can be impacted by human activities.
  • Ages: 6 – 16 | Group Size: 10 – 30 | Time: 10 – 20 minsTopics & Skills: senses, how sound travels, Predator prey, humans and the environment, adaptation, Wind Farms, renewable energy

Spot the difference

  • A fun spot the difference game based around what lives around offshore wind farms.
  • Ages: 6+ | Group Size: individual | Time: 5 – 10 mins+ |Topics: Habitats,  wind farms, seabed, birds, mammals, underwater Sound

Underwater noise quiz 

  • A word puzzle based on underwater noise.
  • Ages: 6+ | Group Size: individual | Time: 5 – 10 mins+ |Topics: Habitats,  comprehension, literacy, wind farms, seabed, birds, mammals, underwater Sound



Project Link

Group Size

up to 10


up to an hour

Ocean Literacy Links