Feature Sound: Lightning Striking the Sea!

  Drawing by Diane Mayers. Imagine a rod of fire moving at a very high rate of speed causing the air around it to be heated to extreme temperatures of 50,000° F. to 54,000° F. As the charge travels through the air, the dramatic heating expands the air causing hydrogen atoms to explode. [...]

Feature Sound: Lightning Striking the Sea!2017-08-28T13:37:41-05:00


[glossary_exclude] Sound of Lightning [/glossary_exclude] Description Photo courtesy of Moonraker Australia Lightning strikes the coastal ocean at a rate of about 2 strikes per square kilometer per year. Lightning in the open ocean is rare. Most people are very familiar with lightning because lightning strikes the land much [...]


Science of Sound Tutorial: Introduction

This tutorial will introduce you to the topics and content available on the DOSITS web site involving the science of sound in the sea. It is suitable for grades 9-12. Additional science content is available in the Science of Sound section including Advanced Topics topics. In 1826 on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-Daniel Colladon, a physicist, and Charles-Francois Sturm, [...]

Science of Sound Tutorial: Introduction2018-12-19T10:31:25-05:00

Snapping Shrimp

[glossary_exclude] Snapping Shrimp Sounds (Alpheus heterochaelis) [/glossary_exclude] Description Courtesy of the Department of Applied Physics, University of Twente Snapping shrimp are crustaceans that are found in tropical and temperate seas. These shrimp, usually a muddy green color, grow to about 5 cm (2 inches) long. Their most noticeable physical feature is [...]

Snapping Shrimp2018-12-17T11:05:11-05:00

Audio Gallery

Sections: Baleen Whales Toothed Whales Pinnipeds Sirenians Marine Invertebrates Fishes Other Natural Sounds Anthropogenic Sounds - Marine Mammals Baleen Whales [glossary_exclude]Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus[/glossary_exclude] [glossary_exclude]Bowhead Whale Balaena mysticetus[/glossary_exclude] [...]

Audio Gallery2021-03-30T22:34:44-05:00


Frequently Asked Questions 1. What are common underwater sounds? 2. Why is sound important to marine animals? 3. How does sound in water differ from sound in air? 4. What sounds can marine mammals hear underwater? 5. How do animals use sound underwater? 6. How do people use sound underwater? 7. How does sound travel [...]

DOSITS FAQ2020-10-06T13:26:47-05:00

Introduction to Signal Levels

Sounds travels as a wave. The amplitude of the wave is related to the amount of acoustic energy it carries, or how loud the sound will appear to be. As the amplitude of the sound wave increases, the sound is perceived to be louder. There are several different ways to describe the amplitude of a [...]

Introduction to Signal Levels2019-01-23T14:29:37-05:00

What are common underwater sounds?

The ocean is filled with sound. Underwater sound is generated by a variety of natural sources, such as breaking [glossary_exclude]waves[/glossary_exclude], rain, and marine life. It is also generated by a variety of man-made sources, such as ships and military sonars. You can listen to examples of many undersea sounds in the Audio Gallery. Some sounds [...]

What are common underwater sounds?2020-10-05T09:04:12-05:00


Teacher Resources and Web Links Classroom Activities A Cup Of Sound Thinking Inside the Box Stirring up Sound Sound Off! Statistical Uncertainty Are We Hearing the Same Thing? Cavitation, Anyone? Do You Hear What I Hear? How to Build a Hydrophone Humpback Whales: The Great Communicator of the Sea In Other Words On the [...]



The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website will introduce you to the science and uses of Sound in the Sea. There are several major sections on the site such as The Science of Sound in the Sea, People and Sound in the Sea, and Animals and Sound in the Sea. You will find the [...]

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