The Noisy Reef
Learning how underwater animals use sound in their world
Travel under the waves to the reefs of New Zealand to explore sound and noise – what sound is, how it travels, what changes under water and how animals use it.
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New Zealand reefs are noisy places. Dr Craig Radford at the Leigh Marine Laboratory has found out that kina and snapping shrimps are the main culprits.
Professor John Montgomery from the Leigh Marine Laboratory is an expert in non-visual sensory systems in fish. These include detecting electromagnetic fields, lateral lines, hearing and smelling.
Crab larvae have to find their way to the reef from open water before they become adults. Jenni Stanley from the Leigh Marine Laboratory is finding out how sound helps them.
Dr Craig Radford explains how fish use sound to navigate towards reef habitats. He talks...
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