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News of the Day: Talking Shrimp

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(Describer) In sepia tones, under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

(Describer) In an animation, a spinning newspaper has the title "Ocean Today News."

['20s style jazz playing]

(male announcer) It's your news of the day. Bringing some of the latest ocean headlines from around the world.

(Describer) One headline says, "Talking Shrimp!"

(Describer) In a cartoon, a man holds his hand up to his ear.

Well, friends, listen closely because you may not believe your ears.

(Describer) A woman holds a horn to her ear.

Scientists have recently discovered that the California mantis shrimp can talk.

(voice) Huh?

(announcer) It's not the same as human speech, but it is audible communication. Researchers studying sounds on the ocean floor have long suspected that burrow-dwelling creatures made noise. So one group decided to spy on mantis shrimp by dropping recording devices into their habitat. What they heard was fascinating. The California mantis shrimp not only made noise, but each individual had its own unique voice. Males were heard making rhythmic and synchronized rumbling sounds.

[synchronized rumbling]

Scientists believe this may help defend territory against rivals and attract females to their burrows. Don't most fellows wish things were that easy? This study is helping scientists learn more about animal communication and the role of sound on the ocean floor. If you're wondering why the study only focused on mantis shrimp, well, it's probably because they're a little "shellfish." And that's your news of the day.

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Scientists have recently discovered that the California mantis shrimp can talk. Well, it’s not the same as human speech, but it is audible communication. Researchers studying sounds on the ocean floor had long suspected that burrow-dwelling creatures made noise, and they decided to spy on a group of shrimp by dropping recording devices into their habitat. What they heard was fascinating. The California mantis shrimp not only made noise, but each individual seemed to have its own unique voice. Part of the "News of the Day" series.

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