The Ways Fish Communicate

by | Dec 15, 2015 | Fish, Science | 1 comment

talking-fish-tank-5421180This is a very interesting article discussing the ways fish communicate and the change in how science has viewed this communication over time. Communication is an amazing thing, be it in humans or animals. And it has certainty always been known that fish communicate with one another, in a variety of different ways. For example, the beautiful, synchronized moment in schools of fish have been studied to show communications through gesture and movement. Bio-luminescence and chemical communication is also used as a way for fish to communicate. But recent studies also shows evidence that fish also communicate in a very surprising way, by using sound too. It has been shown that some fish can communicate using noises including grunts, chirps and pops. A study by the University of Auckland found that although all fish are able to hear, only some can communicate through sound. One such sound is made by the fish vibrating their swim bladder. The fish use this sound for a variety of reasons, to try and synchronize release of the eggs at the same time for reproduction, or even in reef fish, to scare off predators. Sadly, for anyone hoping to get some conversation with your pet goldfish, you are out of luck. Although Goldfish have excellent hearing, sadly for us, they have no vocalization skills. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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  1. Ronald Wright

    (Blue) What to go get a drink ? (Yellow) Sure, I’m thirsty !


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