A Whale of an Idea !.
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As the J-Pod makes its way back into Puget Sound earlier than expected, there have been a number of new applications for whale watching tour licenses to view killer whales (Orcinus orca) . The boats will be using sonar to find where the orcas are located and using high powered engines to keep up with them.
What habitat of the Salish
Sea are Orcas using?
Visit Orca Watch
@ The Orca Network
Who/what will be effected by this problem?
Are there other problems related to this problem?
In this activity, students will experience echolocation themselves. Lets Check it out!
Killer whales use echolocation and rely on auditory information to capture prey.Photo credit: http://www.whaleresearch.com/old/images/echolocation.jpg
Science in Action! Can Humans Use Echolocation?
Resident J-Pod Echolocation calls
Can you tell the difference between 3 different Orca Pods? J-Pod, K-POD, & L25 Sub-pod
Using this web page, begin your own research on specific laws in Washington State!
From the information you gathered & shared, you are going to decide on a “Best Fit” solution.
Remember to this needs to fit the factors in your problem statement:
Remember to use your notes, need to know materials, and defining the problem materials you have gathered.
How can individuals enjoy whale watching and local businesses have a way to operate a tourism business in such a way that does not adversely impact killer whales and their habitat?
Best Fit Solution