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Fingernail-Sized Fish Makes A Noise As Loud As A Rifle Shot, Scientists Find

A male fish of the species Danionella cererum, which is about the size of a fingernail, can apparently make a sound as loud as a gunshot, scientists claimed in December 2023.

This 12mm long fish is native to Myanmar, and research shows it can make noises exceeding 140 decibels. published Claimed in PNAS Journal. This is basically the equivalent of a jackhammer, an ambulance siren, a rifle shot, or the impact most women experience when they stub a toe or break a nail. This sound is produced through the fish’s swim bladder, a gas-filled organ used to control its slight buoyancy underwater.

Somewhat interestingly, this fish has the smallest brain of any known vertebrate, so my interpretation of the study results is that male D. cerebrum literally pisses with a tiny brain. vocally, and definitely comparable to males of other species. (i.e. some human males).

“Understanding this extraordinary adaptation expands our knowledge of animal locomotion, highlights the remarkable diversity of propulsion mechanisms across species, and contributes to a broader understanding of evolutionary biology and biomechanics.” says the paper.

It is currently unknown why males of this species make this call, but the most likely reasons are to navigate dirty waters or to warn predators or competitors. (Related: Wild video of man engaging in hand-to-hand combat with bear)

Again, this is eerily similar to the stupidest of the human male species, who make very loud noises to show people how important they are.Isn’t it amazing how many similarities humans have with fish? nice words As former President George W. Bush said, “I believe that humans and fish can coexist peacefully.”

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