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Herrings converse via flatulence, researchers find
Agence France-Presse (AFP) ^ | 11-11-03

Posted on 11/11/2003 12:23:47 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

PARIS, Nov 11 (AFP) - Herrings appear to be sociable fish who like to communicate among themselves and use their natural flatulence to do so, a team of British and Canadian researchers has reported.

A report in the British review Biology Letters describes how the researchers studied the sounds produced by two kinds of captive, wild-caught herring.

"At night herring squeeze bubbles out of their swimbladders through an anal pore, producing sounds not unlike people blowing raspberries," the team of three recounts.

The Pacific species (Clupea pallasii) were found to emit distinctive bursts of pulses, known as fast repetitive tick (FRT) sounds, mostly at night, lasting between 0.6 seconds and 7.6 seconds in the 1.7 to 22 kilohertz bands.

"Digested gas and gulped air transfer to the swim bladder ... do not appear to be responsible for FRT sound generation," the report said.

It was the same story with Clupea pallasii's Atlantic cousin, Clupea harengus.

"Atlantic herring also produce FRT sounds and video analysis showed an association with bubble expulsion from the anal duct region (i.e. from the gut or swim bladder," the researchers found.

"The functions of these sounds are unknown but as the per capita rates of sound production by fish at higher densities were greater, social mediation appears likely.

"These sounds may have consequences for our understanding of herring behaviour and the effects of noise pollution."


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bubbles; costalenvironment; crevolist; fart; flatulence; frt; herrings; oceans; pullmyfin; pullmyfinger
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1 posted on 11/11/2003 12:23:48 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Thus, one might surmise that all DU members are also herrings...
2 posted on 11/11/2003 12:24:53 PM PST by Treebeard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Herrings appear to be sociable fish who like to communicate among themselves and use their natural flatulence to do so, ...

What's so unique about that Frat Boys have been doing that for years.

3 posted on 11/11/2003 12:26:25 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
You are going to post this without a comment?
4 posted on 11/11/2003 12:26:38 PM PST by M. Peach (eschew obsfucation)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
fast repetitive tick (FRT)

What an acronym for gas expulsion! LOL!

Is this a government research grant? Please tell me this is a joke...

5 posted on 11/11/2003 12:26:56 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
fast repetitive tick (FRT)

What an acronym for gas expulsion! LOL!

Is this a government research grant? Please tell me this is a joke...

6 posted on 11/11/2003 12:26:58 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So do 10 year old boys.

So9

7 posted on 11/11/2003 12:27:27 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Effing the Ineffable.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I will never eat shmaltz herring again.
8 posted on 11/11/2003 12:27:46 PM PST by Alouette (I have 9 kids)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"...producing sounds not unlike people blowing raspberries..."

Isn't this what a lot of our college students learn in their 'schools'?

9 posted on 11/11/2003 12:27:57 PM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Like the Democratic Congressional Caucus!
10 posted on 11/11/2003 12:28:41 PM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: M. Peach
You are going to post this without a comment?

All in the name of science. ;-)

11 posted on 11/11/2003 12:28:59 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So do rednecks.
12 posted on 11/11/2003 12:29:28 PM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: okchemyst
...RED herrings.
13 posted on 11/11/2003 12:29:39 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This must be a red herring.

signed,

Harley Herring

14 posted on 11/11/2003 12:30:02 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water...
15 posted on 11/11/2003 12:30:15 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is that what I heard from that school of herrings when I was snorkeling?

..coulda sworn it was French.
16 posted on 11/11/2003 12:30:38 PM PST by Chummy
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To: The_Victor
fast repetitive tick (FRT)

How could they resist Fast And Repetitive Tick (FART)?

17 posted on 11/11/2003 12:30:46 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
ROTFLMAO
18 posted on 11/11/2003 12:31:12 PM PST by scooter2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"How about some more beans, Mr. Taggert?"

"I'd say you've had enough!"

19 posted on 11/11/2003 12:31:48 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: The_Victor
"...distinctive bursts of pulses, known as fast repetitive tick (FRT) sounds..."

Actually, the acronym used to be Fast Acoustically-Repetitive Tick, but...

20 posted on 11/11/2003 12:32:28 PM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Who do we thank that it was the British and Canadians, and not OUR government, who funded this study?
21 posted on 11/11/2003 12:32:40 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So, that would mean that Bill Clinton is a herring since everything that comes out of his mouth, besides the whore of the moment, is a brain fart.
22 posted on 11/11/2003 12:32:53 PM PST by WilsonTheDog
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To: My2Cents
...RED herrings.

I believe these are the Brown variety.

23 posted on 11/11/2003 12:33:02 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is that the origin of the term "backtalk" (sASS)?
24 posted on 11/11/2003 12:33:03 PM PST by Consort
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To: g'nad; ksen; Corin Stormhands; Scott from the Left Coast
Ping!
25 posted on 11/11/2003 12:34:15 PM PST by RosieCotton (NaNoWriMo: 1517 words / 30,000 goal)
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To: ksen
Oops...left a name off.
26 posted on 11/11/2003 12:34:41 PM PST by RosieCotton (NaNoWriMo: 1517 words / 30,000 goal)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
ssssssh! Don't tell Al Gore or he'll want to write a new book "Ode to the Oceans or how Herring communications Smells"
27 posted on 11/11/2003 12:35:00 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: WilsonTheDog
Welcome to Free Republic.
28 posted on 11/11/2003 12:35:31 PM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: RosieCotton; g'nad; ksen; Scott from the Left Coast
I have no idea why you pinged me to this thread.
29 posted on 11/11/2003 12:35:58 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Just not a good week to be a DemocRAT! see www.wardsmythe.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!

30 posted on 11/11/2003 12:37:22 PM PST by kevao (Fuques France!)
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To: eddie willers
I think the folks over at DU aren't herrings at all...they're more like sewer trout.
31 posted on 11/11/2003 12:38:48 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Well, I guess I'm bilingual!
32 posted on 11/11/2003 12:38:59 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Vietnam was, in truth, a noble cause." - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"At night herring squeeze bubbles out of their swimbladders through an anal pore, producing sounds such as "good one"..and "ahh yeah"..and "i didnt do it"
33 posted on 11/11/2003 12:39:40 PM PST by No Blue States
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

"These sounds may have consequences for our understanding of herring behaviour and the effects of noise pollution."

Not to mention global warming.

Save the earth, reduce the number of flatulence emmiters in the oceans, eat more herring :O)

34 posted on 11/11/2003 12:42:59 PM PST by ancient_geezer
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To: Servant of the 9
"So do 10 year old boys."

So do 42 year old guys on poker weekend at the beach!

35 posted on 11/11/2003 12:43:04 PM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What kind of google search do you do to come up with a story like this one?

>>Herring flatulence research British<<
36 posted on 11/11/2003 12:44:20 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Makes it easy to tell who the culprit is if your ever on an elevator with a herring.
37 posted on 11/11/2003 12:44:25 PM PST by leadpencil1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Just like liberals.
38 posted on 11/11/2003 12:44:59 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Where was the "Pull My Finger Alert"!
39 posted on 11/11/2003 12:51:30 PM PST by El Laton Caliente
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

40 posted on 11/11/2003 12:51:40 PM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Leave it to the French to find this out. My gosh, we have a war going on here. The world is in upheaval and the French are studying the herrings' flatulence patterns.
Is there no end to their folly?
41 posted on 11/11/2003 12:54:38 PM PST by discipler
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To: Corin Stormhands
I have no idea why you pinged me to this thread.

Oh...no reason. No reason at all. < innocent smile >

42 posted on 11/11/2003 12:58:00 PM PST by RosieCotton (NaNoWriMo: 1517 words / 30,000 goal)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Atlantic herring also produce FRT sounds..."

I thought I'd see what Ted Kennedy had to say to his Democrat collegues.

43 posted on 11/11/2003 1:02:42 PM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Ahhh. Yeah, well I once knew a fellow who could fart a tune. Rugby player.
44 posted on 11/11/2003 1:05:01 PM PST by Rifleman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Herrings talk out their ass? They must be democrats.
45 posted on 11/11/2003 1:08:51 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: okchemyst
Thus, one might surmise that all DU members are also herrings...

I thought someone would propse that this applies to Senators -- especially the DUM DEMS on the Select Intelligence Committee.

46 posted on 11/11/2003 1:10:36 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: San Jacinto
I'll never be able to watch "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" again.
47 posted on 11/11/2003 1:12:32 PM PST by exile (Exile - Proudly ticking off the left since 1992.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
bump
48 posted on 11/11/2003 1:14:38 PM PST by RippleFire
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Herrings converse via flatulence, researchers find


So does my brother-in-law and you don't need a research study either!
49 posted on 11/11/2003 1:14:39 PM PST by mlmr (The Naked and the Fred)
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To: SandRat
Herrings appear to be sociable fish who like to communicate among themselves and use their natural flatulence to do so, ...

What's so unique about that Frat Boys have been doing that for years.

Yeahbut...Do the fish IGNITE them?

50 posted on 11/11/2003 1:19:03 PM PST by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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