Baby fish may home in on reef noise to find a place to live.
By Kate Ramsayer, 00:00 AM April 8, 2005
Although coral reefs look peaceful, they're noisy places. Shrimp make popping noises that sound like bacon frying in a pan. Fish click their jaws or make rumbling sounds as they swim around.
Such a loud, continuous racket may sound strange to snorkelers, but new experiments suggest that this reef noise attracts baby fish looking for a place to settle down.
Coral reefs snap, crackle, and click with the calls of various residents, and baby fish appear to home in on those sounds.
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