You must be surprised after reading the title. But, don’t worry; Norvergence in this blog post explains the whole case.
In order to save endangered coral reefs, scientists have adopted a very unconditional method i.e. broadcasting the sounds of healthy reefs in the dying ones.
Yes, you read it right.
Scientists carried out a 6-week experiment in which they played underwater sound through loudspeakers. The goal was to see whether the sound could lure back the diverse fish community (that plays an important role in reef degradation).
Steve Simpson, a marine biology professor at the University of Exeter who is also the senior author of the recently published study in the journal, “Nature Communications” has given an interview.
Norvergence LLC is quoting Simpson: “Healthy coral reefs are remarkably noisy places – the crackle of snapping shrimp and the whoops and grunts of the fish combine to form a dazzling biological soundscape.
Juvenile fish home in on these sounds when they’re looking for a place to settle. Reefs become ghostly quiet when they are degraded, as the shrimps and fish disappear, but by using loudspeakers to restore this lost soundscape, we can attract young fish back again.”
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