Sing Like Fish: How Sound Rules Life Under Water

Author: Niki Bezzant


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A captivating exploration of how underwater animals tap into sound to survive, and a clarion call for humans to address the ways we invade these critical soundscapes – from an award-winning science writer.

For centuries humans ignored sound in the ‘silent world’ of the ocean, assuming that what we couldn’t perceive, didn’t exist. But we couldn’t have been more wrong. Marine scientists now have the technology to record and study the complex interplay of the myriad sounds in the sea. Finally, we can trace how sounds travel with the currents, bounce from the seafloor and surface, bend with temperature, and even saltiness; how sounds help marine life survive; and how human noise can transform entire marine ecosystems.

In Sing Like Fish, award-winning science journalist Amorina Kingdon synthesises historical discoveries with the latest research in a clear and compelling portrait of this sonic undersea world. From plainfin midshipman fish, whose swim-bladder drumming is so loud it keeps houseboat-dwellers awake, to the syntax of whalesong, from the deafening crackle of snapping shrimp, to underwater earthquakes and volcanoes, sound plays a vital role in feeding, mating, parenting, navigating, and warning.

Meanwhile, our seas also echo with human-made sound, and we are only just learning how these pervasive noises can mask mating calls, chase animals from their food, and even wound creatures.

Intimate and artful, Sing Like Fish tells a uniquely complete story of ocean animals’ submerged sounds, envisions a quieter future, and offers a profound new understanding of the world below the surface.

‘Brilliant, poetic and poignant. Kingdon opens a world of sound to her readers that most will never hear themselves … How many of us knew fish were singing in the watery depths or that coral reefs are some of the loudest places on our planet, continually rocked by the near-deafening pops of snapping shrimp? …

Scientists only began to study the songs of fishes, whales and shrimp in the last century. May we celebrate this underwater symphony, not destroy it.’ -Virginia Morell, author of New York Times bestseller, Animal Wise- how we know animals think and feel ‘Sing like Fish reveals what the limits of human ears silence. Splendid and surprising voices beneath the waves are singing of longing and hunger and love, and who knows what else. This book is a revelation! I loved it!’ -Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus ‘Amorina Kingdon’s Sing Like Fish is that rare book that makes you see the world differently, at least the two thirds that is ocean. For someone like me, who has always loved and tried to understand the sea, this fascinating book makes you feel closer to the life that is teeming there.’ -Mark Kurlansky, New York Times bestselling author of Salt and Cod

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ISBN:  9781922585370 Author:  Amorina Kingdon
Publisher: Scribe Publications Bind: Paperback
Imprint: Scribe Publications Language: English
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Publication date: June 2024 Pages: 288
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