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What Did the Fish Say to the Bartender?

Written by PETA | July 28, 2008

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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard it, but it’s getting ever-better. According to a recent article in Science, fish can talk. At least one species (midshipman) and a close relative (toadfish) grunt, growl, and hum to communicate with one another, with different sounds to show aggression or lure a mate.

According to researchers, this shows that fish are more similar to us than many folks would suspect. “[T]he sophisticated neural circuitry that midshipman [fish] use to vocalize develops in a similar region of the central nervous system as the circuitry that allows a human to laugh or a frog to croak …,” according to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where research was conducted.

One researcher at MBL—named, I promise, Dr. Bass—believes that vocal communication is probably widespread among our finned friends. It may even give insight as to how fish have evolved.

Take note that this isn’t an isolated bit of research—a great deal of time has been dedicated to investigating methods of animal communication. Each new study verifies more and more what many of us have suspected for years: Humans and other animals aren’t all that different.

Posted by Sean Conner

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  • Tony R. says:

    Oh these fish are beautiful eloquent intelligent creatures. Silence tranquility grace and love. Floating moving hopingfor love life everlasting.

  • Siobhan M. says:

    Yes we also already know that pigs are loving and intelligent creature that deserve just as much respect as dogs but people still haven’t gotten that through their thick skulls yet either. Repetition Repetition Repetition.

  • bbr says:

    didn’t we already know this? it’s cool but i am pretty sure i have already read this before.

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks for the story Sean. I heard Andrew Bass talking about just these findings last week. He was very excited and eager to let us humans know that we’re not so unique.

  • Crystal says:

    Well I for one find it fascinating! I am sorry guess I am a little behind on my knowledge of fish behavior. Thanks for sharing…Beautiful fish picture by the way.. I love PETA it always reminds that are so many things we have yet to learn.. there is always room for self improvement