Fish Mating Calls?!?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Kim Little

Wait what? Fish can make noises? Do they even have ears?

Fish not only can hear, but some fish are very noisy! Some fish, like the black drum and the toadfish (pictured above), are essentially using their swim bladder as a drum. There is a small muscle, called the sonic muscle, which runs along the side of the swim bladder; when it contracts it is similar to a drumstick hitting a drum. The sound it emits is very low, kind of like the bass of a song, and can be travel through the structure and walls of houses nearby! Check out this video to learn more and hear what some of these calls sound like.

Do you think there are other aquatic animals that can hear and/or make noises?



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