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Sun Aug 11, 2019, 08:18 PM

Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

LIFE 21 September 2016
By Greta Keenan



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The ocean might seem like a quiet place, but listen carefully and you might just hear the sounds of the fish choir.

Most of this underwater music comes from soloist fish, repeating the same calls over and over. But when the calls of different fish overlap, they form a chorus.

Robert McCauley and colleagues at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, recorded vocal fish in the coastal waters off Port Hedland in Western Australia over an 18-month period, and identified seven distinct fish choruses, happening at dawn and at dusk. You can listen to three of them here:

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https://images.newscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/19155206/threechoruses.wav?_=1

The low “foghorn” call is made by the Black Jewfish (Protonibea diacanthus) while the grunting call that researcher Miles Parsons compares to the “buzzer in the Operation board game” comes from a species of Terapontid. The third chorus is a quieter batfish that makes a “ba-ba-ba” call.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106331-fish-recorded-singing-dawn-chorus-on-reefs-just-like-birds/#ixzz5wLEWuTpO

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The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 11 #1
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Locrian Aug 13 #8
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 08:19 PM

1. They sound like trombones and tubas being played badly.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 11:07 PM

3. why would fish want to imitate some brass instruments?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:14 AM

8. sounds like they're out of tune?

Better call a Piano-Tuna. Get it... piano tuna? Tuna fish?

You can tune a piano but how do you tuna fish?!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:10 PM

2. I had no idea that fish could sing!. That's amazing.

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:53 AM

4. Had no clue that some fish could sing! But of

course it makes sense - dolphins and whales communicate with song, why not fish? Never even occurred to me to wonder. Very cool to learn that, and hear it.

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:12 PM

5. Yikes! Reminds me of the jaws music!!!

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:48 PM

6. Its got a good beat and I can dance to it, I give it a 95.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:39 PM

7. My first impression was

that it reminded me of the alien tones that the saucer plays in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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