Until now, fish were known to have sounds but were not thought to communicate by voice as often as other animals. However, a recent study has proven that this is not the case at all.
All kinds of buzz and chirping permeate the waters of the Earth, just like all the sounds that fill the forest air. And while most of us don’t think so, most of the underwater sounds are actually fish.
Although it has long been known that fish also make noises, fish sounds have always been perceived as rare quirks; however, a newly made research As a result, it turned out that the truth was very different. The fish, like other creatures, make regular sounds, and this is a condition that has been happening for many years – hundreds of millions of pounds- the study said.
Fish sing and sing like birds
Until recently, it was assumed that fish resorted to other methods of communication, including color signals, body language, and electricity, rather than using their voices to communicate. However, recent research has shown that fish do not only use their voices for communication but also use their sounds regularly, as well as making chorus-shaped sounds at dawn and dusk, just like birds.
The sound of the Porichthys notatus fish
Andrew Bass, an evolutionary neuroscientist at Cornell University, said the fact that fish can also talk because they can’t be easily heard or seen has been overlooked for years; He stated that underwater acoustic science, therefore, focuses on the sounds of whales and dolphins rather than fish.
The sound of holocentrus rufus fish
Studying anatomical identifications, audio recordings, and even recordings of audio recordings, Cornell University ecologist Aaron Rice and colleagues identified several physiological traits that allowed the group of ray fins (Actinopterygii) fish to make these sounds without vocal cords. “They can grind their teeth or make a sound of movement in the water,” Rice told Syfy Wire. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the 175 fish families were found to communicate by voice. This number was previously thought to be one-fifth of the 175 fish families. Analysis suggests that voice communication in fish may have evolved at least 33 times.
Fish have been communicating with sound for as long as vertebrate land animals
What’s more, the research shows that the fish language appeared about 155 million years ago, when there was evidence that vertebrate land animals evolved to make the first noise. Accordingly, the team notes that their results support that the sound behavior in fish is quite old.
In the study, some groups of fish were more chatty than others; Among them, it is stated that blackcurrent and catfish stand out. However, Rice and his team found that fish other than the species of fish they found to be able to speak were also likely to be able to speak; He just says they might not have listened enough to hear the other bands.
As for what the fish are talking about: Like all other animals, probably fish use their voices to find food, issue danger warnings, talk about social events such as regional discussions, and have sexual intercourse. Some researchers have even recently tried to use fish songs as underwater siren calls to recall fish to invigorating coral reefs.