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  • Scientists say mystery underwater sound is farting fish

    Biologists baffled by a mysterious, underwater sound think it may be herrings farting.

    No fish had previously been known to emit sound in such a way, reports the New Scientist.

    But a team from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver say the noise matches bubbles coming out of a herring's anus.

    "It sounds just like a high-pitched raspberry," says Ben Wilson of the university.

    Mr Wilson and his colleagues cannot be sure why herring make this sound, but initial research suggests that it might be a means of communication.

    Wilson points that, unlike a human fart, the sounds are probably not caused by digestive gases because the number of sounds does not change when the fish are fed.

    The researchers also tested whether the fish were farting from fear, perhaps to sound an alarm. But when they exposed fish to a shark scent, there was again no change in the number of farts.

    Finally, three observations persuaded the researchers that the farts were most likely produced for communication.

    Firstly, the number of farts per fish increased when more fish were added to the tank. Secondly, herrings are only noisy after dark, suggesting they might be a way of finding each other in the dark. And finally, most other fish cannot hear the noises.


    Story filed: 15:25 Wednesday 5th November 2003

    http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_835706.html
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  • #2
    LOL, that was the funniest piece of news I've seen here!
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    • #3
      abdulhakeem, that is just so disgusting. (but hilarious)
      soooo... when we see bubbles on the surface of water we should know its from fish with gas?

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      • #4
        LOL
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        • #5
          LOL
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          • #6
            what do you think?

            does a female fish talk more than a male?

            should be interesting to know.
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            • #7
              HAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAAHHA
              SORRY hahhahhahahaha
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              • #8
                gotta get one of those fishes for my fish tank! :D
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                • #9
                  "It sounds just like a high-pitched raspberry,"
                  Does everyone know what a raspberry is?

                  We're not talking about things you might eat. It's more like something you would do to a little kid to tickle them.
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                  • #10
                    I guess that is what happens when all our rubbish goes into the sea.

                    Baked beans/ cabbage galore...no wonder we now have farting fish. :D
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                    Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
                    Not enough river to explore?

                    Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
                    but death for the fish,

                    The sea is wide for the fish
                    but will engulf the bird.

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                    We can only express our nature as it was created.

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                    Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

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                    • #11
                      The Rumble Fish

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                      Rumble fish

                      November 11, 2003 - 2:36PM


                      In polite society, flatulence is considered a social faux pas - but a new study has revealed that in the world of fish, farting is an important social tool.

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                      Makes alot of sense...
                      You usually need sound to communicate with one another...
                      Since sound gets somewhat muffled underwater...
                      The farting can send vibrations rumbling through the waters and be felt by other fish...
                      Even if they cannot feel the vibrations... from afar the bubbles can give a message...
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                      • #12
                        lol
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                        • #13
                          I have a farting Fish. It's So Zionazi
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