Secret behind strange hum heard on England's south coast

Midshipman fish

The likely source of a strange hum that has been disturbing residents of Hythe, near Southampton, England, has been identified: horny fish. The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) investigated the low-frequency noise and think it may be the sound of male midshipman fish eager to mate in a nearby estuary. "It's not beyond the realms of possibility," SAMS scientist Ben Wilson told The Telegraph. "There are certainly 'sonic fish' in the north Atlantic and the approaches to the English Channel."

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  1. Ratel says:

    the sound of male midshipman eager to mate in a nearby estuary.

    Heh: RSS went out before the "fish" was added. Which is a better line anyway, but in that case it really should be "midshipmen".

  2. The way to stop these fish from humming , then, is easy: we just have to teach them the words.

  3. Felton says:

    Here's an audio recording of the phenomenon:

    • story about horny fish
    • authors nickname is "Pesco"
    • I am amused
    • I am mentally twelve years old
  4. That's a pretty typical entry from the Pescophiles—wait, I mean "Pesco Files!"

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