Fish orgies can deafen dolphins

Dolphins, they’re smart, they can communicate verbally to each other, and they’re huge jerks. If mankind falls, you know they’re going to be right there to take our place. But dolphins may have finally met their match: fish orgies.

In Mexico’s Gulf of California, there lurks a fish that has mating orgies that get so raucous that researchers worry it could deafen dolphins. The Gulf corvina has a mating call that sounds like a “really loud machine gun,” and when hundreds of thousands of them get together to make new Gulf corvinas, it gets really, really loud. Think a Seattle Seahawks home game, including the crowd noise pumped in through the speakers. It’s so loud you can hear it out of the water.

So noisy neighbors is all it takes to bring down dolphin? Let’s get to work, warriors.