Anyone who has ever lived in an apartment complex with paper-thin walls knows that being forced to listen to your neighbors rock each other’s world can be a seriously awkward way to spend an evening. As it turns out, humans aren’t the only creatures that find themselves in this troubling predicament, as new research into the spawning habits of a certain fish species reveals that their raucous coitus is so loud it could permanently deafen nearby animals.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas and the University of San Diego, focused on the reproductive routines of the Gulf corvina, a fish species that heads to the Colorado River Delta in the Gulf of California every year to spawn. The adult fish that make the journey, of which there are millions, have a particularly obnoxious mating call that, when multiplied, can be downright hostile to the ears.
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