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Those Motherf*cking Piranhas Can Talk to Each Other

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Not only these nasty little fish are vicious, but scientists have discovered that those bloody piranhas can talk to each other. They use three sounds, each of them meaning a different thing.

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One of the sounds is a bark used to intimidate rivals. The other two are drumming songs produced when they attack each other for food. The finding is part of a larger study to learn the behavior of fish according to the sounds they produce, said the scientist leading the research, Eric Parmentier:

Eventually, if we understand the behaviour that's associated with the sounds, we might be able to listen to the sea and explain to fishermen: 'Now's not the best time to start fishing'.

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They produce these sounds vibrating their swim bladders 150 times every second. If there's something that I hate more than piranhas is bickering piranhas. [The Journal of Experimental Biology via BBC]

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northernroamer
NorthernRoamer

This fish is called a Thunder Pumper. When I was a kid, I caught one of these. When I pulled it into the boat it started growling. It scared the living shit out of me. I cut the line and threw it back in the water as fast as I could. It doesn't look scary but a growling fish can really freak you out when you're six years old.