Do whales make sounds?
Whales are very social creatures that travel in groups called “pods.” They use a variety of noises to communicate and socialize with each other. The three main types of sounds made by whales are clicks, whistles, and pulsed calls. Clicks are believed to be for navigation and identifying physical surroundings.
But, although they are very much attuned to this great oceanic opera, sharks are — by and large —the quintessential silent hunters. Unlike their noisy neighbors, sharks have no organs for producing sound. Even their scales are modified to allow them to slip through the water in ghost-like silence.
- Giraffes do have a larynx (voice box), but perhaps they couldn't produce sufficient airflow through their 13-foot long (4 meter) trachea to vibrate their vocal folds and make noises. The researchers suspected the reason no one heard giraffe communication was because the sound frequency was too low for humans to hear.
- They moan, grunt, croak, boom, hiss, whistle, creak, shriek, and wail. They rattle their bones and gnash their teeth. However, fish do not have vocal chords. They use other parts of their bodies to make noises, such as vibrating muscles against their swim bladder.
- Whitetip reef sharks are rarely aggressive towards humans, though they may investigate swimmers closely. However, spear fishers are at risk of being bitten by one attempting to steal their catch. This species is caught for food, though ciguatera poisoning resulting from its consumption has been reported.
People hear by detecting sound vibrations. Our ears and brain translate vibrations into sounds and language. Fish hear, but their "ears" are on the inside. Bony fishes detect vibrations through their "earstones" called otoliths.
- This Atlantic wolffish does not seem to be the crying type. Fish yawn, cough, and even burp. But they don't get choked up. Crying, says Monterey Bay Aquarium's retired senior marine biologist Steve Webster, is an emotional response made only by big-brained mammals.
- Fish tastebuds have the ability to distinguish the difference between sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Tastebuds are inside the fish's mouth, on its tongue and on the outside of the body including fins. Fish that live on the bottom of the water, such as catfish, have tentacles coming off the head called barbels.
- Goldfish have two ways of hearing sound. The inner ear and the lateral line. The inner ear is located inside the fish's head and consists of small bones that move in response to vibrations (sound waves) that pass through the water and through the fish's body.
Some fish species can make audible sounds like clicks or croaks but most fish communicate with body language. Certain species will flare out their gill plates the same way a cat would raise the hair on their back.
- Most fish do use air to inflate and deflate their bladder to maintain buoyancy which is expelled either through their mouth or gills which can be mistaken for a fart. Point being – No farts. The Herring however, is a whole other story.
- "The undersea world isn't as quiet as we thought, according to a New Zealand researcher who found fish can "talk" to each other. Fish communicate with noises including grunts, chirps and pops, University of Auckland marine scientist Shahriman Ghazali has discovered according to newspaper reports Wednesday."
- Bird communication using sound includes singing, calls, squeaks, squawks, gurgles, warbles, trills, rattles, gulps, pops, whines, clicks, croaks, drums, whistles, howls, tremolos, thumps, honks and many other sorts of sounds. Not all birds use their voice as their main method of communication.
Updated: 21st November 2019