May 17 2012
WBUR’s blog had an item that popped up in my Google news alert for Cotuit. A marine biologist hangs out on the Town Dock and records fish having sex.
The recording of a haddock in the mood sounds like Harley revving up in front of the Kettle-Ho after last call.
I’d love to run into this guy some night amongst the usual gang of menhaden snaggers and bluefish live liners.
“Rodney Rountree, a marine biologist based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studies the noises fish make. He said the sounds are key to understanding fish behavior and could even help us protect many species from overfishing.
“Rountree does a lot of his research by tuning in to fish around Cotuit Town Dock on Cape Cod. He leans over the edge of the dock to drop a set of underwater microphones down to the seafloor. These hydrophones channel fish chatter directly into his laptop.”