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Fish That Live In Acidic Ocean Waters Are Less Able To Smell

Fish That Live In Acidic Ocean Waters Are Less Able To Smell Predators

[ Watch The Video: Fish From Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able To Smell Predators ] By Brett Israel, Georgia Institute of Technology Oddly behaving fish from a CO2 seep confirm laboratory experiments Fish living on coral reefs where...

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2008-09-01 10:00:00

Sniffing its way through a vast ocean to find its home on the coral reef is a real life reality for the tiny, orange clownfish, better known as the fictional character Nemo in the famous Disney cartoon. That's the finding of a new study led by Australian researchers who used a clever apparatus to measure the fishes' preference for water with different odors. A team led by Geoffrey Jones of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia surveyed waters around Papua New Guinea for clownfish...

2008-08-28 18:29:40

How does the orange clownfish - aka Nemo from the movie "Finding Nemo" - really find its way home? It turns out the colorful saltwater fish can sniff for leaves that fall into the sea from rainforests growing on the islands near their coral reef homes. After clownfish hatch from their eggs, they spend 10 to 12 days in the open sea, likely carried out by prevailing currents. But they then often return to the near-shore reefs where they were born. How these young fish know where to...