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Sounds Under the Sea

Topic: Creativity, cause & effect

Scientists resolve a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater. Compared to fish, octopus and squid do not appear to hear particularly well. However the fact they can hear raises the possibility that these intelligent animals may use sound to catch prey, communicate with one another or listen out for predators.

In this activity children will learn about sound and plan an investigation to find out if you can still detect sound even if your ears are covered.

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