You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. -- Dr. Sampson, The Giant Behemoth
"At first, we thought our equipment was broken," says study co-author Brad Erisman, a fisheries ecologist at the University of Texas at Austin. "No one anticipated fish would be this loud."
At 179 to 190 decibels, the corvinas' aggregate mating call is louder than the equivalent of standing next to the stage at a rock concert. The noise is so loud, in fact, that it may harm the hearing of other marine animals caught up in the action, the researchers write.