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posted by FatPhil on Monday September 27, @10:38PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the is-bacon-noise-pink-noise dept.

AIMS plays frying bacon sounds to fish in bid to save Australia's coral reefs - ABC News:

To the untrained ear, it might sound like bacon frying in a pan but, to fish, it is the alluring sound of a healthy home.

[...] The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is in a race against climate change, with bleaching, cyclones and crown-of-thorns outbreaks threatening reefs.

In response, it has hatched a national project to find out how to make reefs more resilient by studying the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

AIMS biologist Mark Meekan says efforts are focussed[sic] on Ningaloo where healthy reef sounds are being played underwater to attract baby fish to reefs, which could improve coral growth.

"If our ears could hear underwater, we'd realise that reefs are actually quite noisy places — lots of pops and crackles from shrimp and all sorts of things," he said.

[...] [Lead researcher] Dr Bay said the corals in the region were fast-growing but very sensitive to damage from storms and bleaching.

"Corals start life as tiny little larva and they grow, they settle onto the reef and then they grow larger, but they're very fragile in that first year of life," she said.

"What we're working with is a fragile, but very important species … we're really trying to understand how to help them live through these disturbances."


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  • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Monday September 27, @11:29PM

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 27, @11:29PM (#1182040)

    ... my ears hear underwater. And yes, reefs are quite noisy places indeed. No hiding that parrot fish!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:13AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:13AM (#1182046)

    How would you like go to the only whore house in town and find out all the girls are just cheap blowup dolls? At least use real bacon

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, @05:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, @05:50AM (#1183044)

      Six decibels of Kevin Bacon?

  • (Score: 2) by lentilla on Tuesday September 28, @12:16AM (1 child)

    by lentilla (1770) on Tuesday September 28, @12:16AM (#1182049)

    Sounds like false advertising to me! It's a fishy version of those glossy advertisements telling people to move to a new area, but when they arrive, they discover there is no sewerage, no shops and the only employment is a huge garbage dump just out of sight but never quite out of smell.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:54AM (#1182063)

      there is no sewerage, no shops and the only employment is a huge garbage dump just out of sight but never quite out of smell.

      "Welcome to Manhattan"

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:52AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @12:52AM (#1182060)

    Amazing how the barrier reef begins recovery [australiantimes.co.uk] after 12 months without tourists trampling all over it.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by bradley13 on Tuesday September 28, @09:36AM

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 28, @09:36AM (#1182146) Homepage Journal

    After all the panic about "coral bleaching", and how the reef is going to die, die, die...

    Well, if you read actual Australian government reports, you discover that the reef is doing fine. There are occasional problems with starfish, and with bleaching. All part of nature. Of course, that doesn't fit the agenda of the climate activists, so instead we get things like TFA.

    Here, some excerpts: [aims.gov.au]

    • On the Northern GBR, region-wide hard coral cover was moderate and had continued to increase to 27% from the most recent
    low point in 2017.

    • On the Central GBR region-wide hard coral cover was moderate and had increased to 26% in 2021.

    • Region-wide hard coral cover on reefs in the Southern GBR was high and had increased to 39% in 2021

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    Everyone is somebody else's weirdo.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @02:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 28, @02:27PM (#1182220)

    I just saw this earlier and then went to read some tech news and found a counter narrative article.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/27/great-barrier-reef-experiencing-record-high-levels-of-coral-coverage/ [wattsupwiththat.com]

    What a strange coincidence. At least we have confirmation that everyone loves bacon!

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