Fish like noisy neighbours (Science Alert).


Reef fish listen to ‘biological symphonies’ that indicate the type of habitats of different reefs and select the ones that best suit their requirements:

Dr Steve Simpson of University of Bristol, UK:

“It is much like wandering around a music festival, eavesdropping on different music stages, before choosing where to pitch your tent.”

“Human noise, from shipping, drilling and pile-driving, is now a substantial component of the acoustic soundscape of the oceans. We are only just beginning to understand how important natural noises are in providing fish with a roadmap for their orientation behaviour. The fear is that in heavily developed areas these vital cues are now being masked by human activity, compromising the ability of fish to behave appropriately and threatening vital fisheries and tourism resources.”

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