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The idea of sea life breaking out into boisterous song seems like pure Disney fantasy, but if you have any remaining trips to the beach planned this year, you might perk up your ears when you take a dip. In the coastal waters of New Zealand, ambient reef noise has been shown to be louder in the summers, as well as during dusk and new moons.

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The primary culprits behind this noise are believed to be sea urchins and snapping shrimp, and it may serve an important role in attracting other sea creatures to come share their habitat. A hot crustacean band, indeed!


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Oecologia, Vol. 156, No. 4 (Jul., 2008), pp. 921-929
Springer in cooperation with International Association for Ecology