Researchers working on a rejuvenated coral reef in Indonesia have recorded the sounds the reef makes.
Using underwater microphones, scientists recorded a series of croaks, growls, and whooping noises made by the restored reef as it came back to life.
The research was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, where the scientists also compared the noise made by healthy reefs to restored reefs and badly damaged reefs. The scientists discovered that restored reefs sound more like healthy reefs than damaged ones.
According to the study’s lead researcher, the University of Exeter’s Dr. Tim Lamont:
“Our study shows that this restoration can really work, but it’s only part of a solution that must also include rapid action on climate change and other threats to reefs worldwide.”
Which animal is responsible for which sound is yet to be determined.
You can hear the reef in full flow in the video below.