Music is everywhere as long as you know how to listen. Scientists have discovered that just like birds, fish sing too and can create a chorus of their own, especially at dusk and dawn. You’d be surprised to hear what these scientists have recorded!
Music can be found everywhere. It may not be the sounds that we are used to, but nature has its share of music and rhythm. A discovery that is not just exciting but also beautiful – fish can sing!
If you listen carefully at dawn or dusk especially when you’re in a forest or any place where there are trees, you’ll hear a pattern of sounds from birds and if you pay more attention, you would actually be listening to a chorus of chirps and other sounds that form a harmony.
For over 18 months in Curtin University in Perth, Australia, a group of scientists led by Robert McCauley discovered 7 distinct choruses under the sea, specifically from fishes. They were surprised to hear that each of these group of sounds were more distinct at dawn and dusk. Truly, very interesting research is taking place.
Just like with birds, fish sing too and these sounds have purposes and meanings. From finding a suitable mate, being territorial, and overcoming disputes with other fishes– these sounds play an important role in the lives of sea creatures.
By placing high-end recording equipment approximately more than 21 kilometers apart, these scientists were able to record a series of beautiful fish “songs” at dawn and dusk. They monitored the events every day for the last couple of months that resulted in a very beautiful discovery.
This recorded piece only consists of only 3 choruses but is already amazing by itself.
Robert McCauley explains “I’ve been listening to fish squawks, burble and pops for nearly 30 years now, and they still amaze me with their variety.”
If you listen to it a couple of times, you’ll distinctly be able to separate 3 sounds.
That deep “foghorn” sound or call is from a black-spotted croaker, a species native in the Indo Pacific region. The second sound that can be described as strong grunting comes from one of the species of Terapontidae or also known as grunters or Tigerperches. The last call you’ll hear is from a quieter batfish. Combined, these calls from the ocean create a rhythm – music underwater.
Being able to monitor the oceans 24/7 and being able to record these sounds isn’t just for entertainment, it’s, in fact, a very promising study of how scientists can monitor underwater creatures, their behavior, and their habitat.
Truly, the sea has so much more to offer, a wonderful world ready to be discovered and who wouldn’t be excited?
“We are only just beginning to appreciate the complexity involved and still have only a crude idea of what is going on in the undersea acoustic environment,” explains McCauley.
Come to think of it, the massive size of our ocean still has lots of surprises underneath that are still hidden – waiting to be discovered. Scientists are working hard to discover what the sea has to offer but as of now, this proof that fish can sing too is enough to make us think of the marvels that await us from our majestic oceans.
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