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Hear the FIRST stingray sounds ever documented

It's unheard of for stingrays and even sharks to make noise, but video shows the noises were simply ignored because the creatures make a loud clicking sound.  Pictured is a snapshot of the beam that was captured in the video
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Short, loud clicking sounds made by a stingray as it swims across a reef off the coast of Indonesia‘s Gill Islands is the first documentation of the sound-producing creature.

A team of Swedish and Australian researchers watched a mangrove tree “talk” as it moves the breathing holes near its eyes, known as spiracles, in a video.

It’s unheard of for stingrays and even sharks to make noises, but watching the ray move away from the camera suggests that the clicking may be a sign of distress or a defense mechanism

However, the team isn’t entirely sure how the stingray makes the noise, but they suggest it may be by contracting its spirals and opening its gills at the same time.

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It's unheard of for stingrays and even sharks to make noise, but video shows the noises were simply ignored because the creatures make a loud clicking sound.  Pictured is a snapshot of the beam that was captured in the video

It’s unheard of for stingrays and even sharks to make noise, but video shows the noises were simply ignored because the creatures make a loud clicking sound. Pictured is a snapshot of the beam that was captured in the video

“Whether sound production is achieved by rapid water ejection or some other internal mechanism is plausible, but remains to be seen and further studies of the internal morphology of these rays are needed,” says the study, published in the journal Ecology.

The road to this historic discovery began in 2018, when marine scientist Jonny Pinney-Fitzsimmons, who led the work, received video footage of the mangrove.

Without giving it much thought, they put it on the back burner for another time.

However, it wasn’t until they heard the same loud clicking sound from another mangrove in a clip shared on Instagram that the team decided to do a little digging.

However, the team isn't entirely sure how the stingray makes the noise, but they suggest it may be by contracting its spirals and opening its gills at the same time.

However, the team isn’t entirely sure how the stingray makes the noise, but they suggest it may be by contracting its spirals and opening its gills at the same time.

Pinney-Fitzsimmons and her colleagues sifted through a wealth of sting ray data to find anything that resembled the noises.

“To our knowledge, this is not something that has been recorded or published before,” Pinney-Fitzsimmons said. “I’m not quite sure why that is.”

Pinney-Fitzsimmons theorizes that people have heard the sound while snorkeling before, but due to the equipment making its own noises, the click was overlooked.

“Other similar species may also make sounds, but anecdotal records may not yet have come to light; thus, our paper may serve to highlight additional examples from the public and researchers,” the study states.

Stingrays are found all over the world and come in a variety of sizes, with one caught in Cambodia believed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world.

In June, a fisherman hooked a huge stingray that weighed 661 pounds and was 13 feet long, breaking the previous record for a catfish found in Thailand in 2005, which reached 646 pounds.

Stingrays are found all over the world and come in a variety of sizes, with one caught in Cambodia believed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world.  In June, a fisherman hooked a huge stingray that weighed 661 pounds and was 13 feet long

Stingrays are found all over the world and come in a variety of sizes, with one caught in Cambodia believed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world. In June, a fisherman hooked a huge stingray that weighed 661 pounds and was 13 feet long

The stingray, called “Borami” or “full moon” in Khmer, was caught in the Mekong River, which is known for harboring various species of large fish.

A team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong research project helped tag, measure and weigh the ray before it was released back into the river.

Wonders of the Mekong leader Zeb Hogan told AFP: “Big fish globally are under threat. They are high value species. They take a long time to ripen. So if they are caught before they mature, they have no chance to reproduce.

Many of these large fish are migratory, so they need large areas to survive. They are affected by things like habitat fragmentation by dams, apparently affected by overfishing.

“So about 70 percent of the world’s giant freshwater fish are threatened with extinction, as are all Mekong species.”

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