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Secret Songs of the Sea with Tim Gordon

In this Live Lesson, learners will meet Tim Gordon and learn all about the amazing sounds of the sea.

Do clownfish have ears? Can cod talk to each other? What does it sound like when a fish farts underwater? Come and discover a new world with marine biologist Tim Gordon, who studies the amazing sounds of the sea. His research has taken him from the Arctic Ocean to the Great Barrier Reef, where he eavesdrops on the amazing sounds made by whales, dolphins, fish and even shrimps.

Join Tim to learn about the language of the underwater world. He’ll teach you about how underwater animals use sound to communicate, alert others about danger, sing love songs, fight their rivals and find a place to live. With stories from around the world, he’ll explore why sound is such an important part of healthy oceans, and how scientists are learning to protect these wonderful ecosystems. You’ll never look at – or listen to – a fish in quite the same way again!

Broadcast on Tue 31 Mar 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14

Don't forget to submit questions in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your user profile, once you have booked the lesson.

Live lesson outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The Live Lesson host welcomes students and outlines the lesson. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for yours.

2. Presentation (20 mins)

The host will then introduce Tim Gordon, who will take students through a short presentation. Students are encouraged to take notes about things they do and especially do not understand, as this will make the Q&A section a richer learning experience, and allow any misconceptions to be cleared up.

3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)

At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.

4. Live questions answered (10 mins)

The remaining time will be spent answering as many questions from the Youtube live chat as possible.


Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon, Marine Biologist, University of Exeter and Australian Institute of Marine Science