Nemo’s Secret: Clownfish Use “Snappy” Trick to Make Weird Sounds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 17, 2007   View Article

Movie magic gave a human voice to the hero of Finding Nemo. Now scientists have figured out how real-life clownfish make “chirp” and “pop” noises to woo mates and ward off enemies.

The mechanism hinges on a pair of tendons apparently unique to the family of fish that includes clownfish, explained Michael Fine, a biologist at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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