Re: NANFA-- snorkeling, snapping sound, redhorses

Roselawn Museum (
Wed, 08 Aug 2001 10:33:00 -0400

I'm still new enough to snorkeling that I'm more distracted with the sound
of my own breathing (the Darth Vader effect). However, I feel confident
that Casper speaks the redhorse dialect.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA
(I do speak to darters)

>My guess is that redhorse sounds are generated by swim bladder changes. It
>wouldn't be otoliths, they're encased in soft fluid-filled tissues and
>couldn't function as castanets. We saw shoals of redhorse in the Sipsey
>River in Alabama on Saturday (gotta post a report!) but I didn't hear any
>sounds. But Casper, Steven and Coby were snorkeling; did you guys converse
>with the redhorse?
>--Bruce Stallsmith
>Huntsville, AL, US of A

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