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Stuff Science: New Zealand fish language recorded

Posted in In the News on July 7th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes for the Dominion Post about the discovery by local scientists that New Zealand fish ‘talk’.

Some species talk more than others, however – while goldfish are completely silent, gurnard and bigeyes make grunting and popping sounds.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“His study began two years ago, when he started listening to recordings taken by colleagues studying ambient noise in the Leigh marine reserve north of Auckland. They made an underwater microphone, with which Mr Ghazali decided to try to establish which sounds were being made by which fish.

“”Bigeyes are producing something like a popping sound but they organise them temporarily so it’s like morse code.””

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