The Chatterboxes of the Sea
According to a new study by researchers at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, that whole business about the ocean being a “silent world” is a bunch of bunk. Fish talk to each other all the time through growls, grunts, chirps, and pops—we just can’t hear them without special equipment. Gurnards turn out to be the “Chatty Cathys” of the underwater world, talking to one another throughout the day.
My response to this “amazing” discovery? Duh!
As the “fish lady” in the PETA Foundation’s Writers Group, I’ve been reading and writing about fish for more than a decade. I’ve learned that fish can count and tell time, they are fast learners, they think ahead, they have unique personalities, and they may even have a sense of humor. So I’m not at all surprised to learn that fish communicate with each other—I’d be surprised if they didn’t!
The Auckland U. scientists believe that fish talk to attract mates, warn others of danger, and scare off predators. I think they’re trying to tell us that “fish are friends, not food.” What do you think they’re saying?
Written by Paula Moore