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Why These Fish Bully Other Fish–Into Breathing Air

[Two Clarias gariepinus catfish caught near Bogor, West Java in Indonesia. Image by W.A. Djatmiko via Wikimedia Commons and CC-BY-SA-3.0]  There’s one in every school. These aggressive individuals go around pushing and biting their neighbors, goading them into risky behaviors–like breathing. Several species of catfish, including the African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus), have both gills that take …

Dolphins (probably) can’t recognize each other’s voices

[Above: Two bottlenose dolphins swimming around. Image via Max Pixel and Creative Commons CC0 license.] Human speaking voices come in a dizzying array of tones. They can be raspy or reedy, lilting or monotone, chirpy or sonorous, nasal or throaty, breathy or booming, and that’s before we even start describing accents. Most mammals, including humans, …