Decoding Spiny Lobsters’ Violin-Like Screech

In the same way that a child’s first week of violin lessons sends the family running for earplugs, so may the spiny lobster keep predators at bay, biologists say.

There are many species of this clawless lobster throughout the world, and they are the only animals known to make noise like an orchestra of violinists–though the lobsters’ sound is much more screech than sweet music.