Biologists baffled by a mysterious, underwater sound think it may be herrings farting.

No fish had previously been known to emit sound in such a way, reports the New Scientist.

“Hey, we don’t make this stuff up, we just bring it to you”.


But a team from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver say the noise matches bubbles coming out of a herring’s anus.

“It sounds just like a high-pitched raspberry,” says Ben Wilson of the university.

Mr Wilson and his colleagues cannot be sure why herring make this sound, but initial research suggests that it might be a means of communication.

Wilson points that, unlike a human fart…

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