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The Noisy Reef

The Noisy Reef

Learning how underwater animals use sound in their world

Travel under the waves to the reefs of New Zealand to explore sound and noise – what sound is, how it travels, what changes under water and how animals use it.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about The Noisy Reef.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.
NZ Research collection.

NZ Research

This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to The Noisy...

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.

Science Ideas and Concepts

Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer collection.

Looking Closer

This collection contains additional information about The Noisy Reef that supports the resources in the other collections.

People collection.


This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in The Noisy Reef. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring The Noisy...

Question Bank collection.

Question Bank

An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about The Noisy...

Key Terms collection.

Key Terms

This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring The Noisy Reef – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media collection.

Sci Media

This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to The Noisy Reef.