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Robot Records Fish Passing Gas
By Angela Messina, March 30, 2012 @ 10:30 AM (EST)
Source: ScienceShot

Researchers used a torpedo shaped robot (called a glider) to record fish noises hoping to gain a better understanding of fish distributions and spawning areas. In the process, they might have heard a few noises they weren’t quite expecting: fish farts.

Picking up faint, cricket-like sounds, researchers suggest that these noises are likely caused by gas passing through the fish’s swim bladder, an internal buoyancy organ.

Researchers found that red grouper and toadfishes were recorded the most frequently by the glider. They hope to use the information they gained for future conservation efforts.

Read more in the Sciencemag.org article.



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