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Friday, November 21, 2014

21/11/2014: Fish tags create dinner bell effect!

According to research, acoustic tags placed on fish to study their behaviour and movement are causing them to be easily hunted and eaten by seals, the BBC reports.

St Andrews University scientists found grey seals were homing in on the pings from tags, which have been placed there to track the fish.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-30113076

They said the fish tags were creating a "dinner bell effect" for predators.

The new findings have been published in Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Tests with captive grey seals showed they learned quickly to associate the sound made by the tags with the presence of an easy meal.

Read more HERE.

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