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Can Sound Help Save Coral Reefs?

Coral reefs are more than just a feast for the eyes, they are also awash in a stunning array of sounds. The chirps, grunts, and snaps of fish, shrimp, and other reef inhabitants are hallmarks of a healthy coral community rich in animals moving, feeding, calling out to potential mates, and fending off predators. To free-floating coral larvae—each no bigger than a grain of sand—this biological symphony serves as a siren’s song, drawing them to healthy reefs to settle, attach, and grow.

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