What is the Loudest Animal On Earth? Friends with Fins finds out!

What is the Loudest Animal On Earth? Friends with Fins finds out!

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Hey everyone! Ocean conservation and marine
life expert Jaclyn Friedlander here and today we are going to talk about a very interesting
symbiotic relationship between goby fish and pistol shrimp. A symbiotic relationship in biology is when
two different species live together to the benefit of one or both creatures. In this
case, both the goby and the pistol shrimp benefit from living together. Before we can learn how these two animals
work together, we need to know a little bit about each one individually. The pistol shrimp
or snapping shrimp is considered to be one of the loudest creatures on earth. They have
one modified claw that they use as a defense mechanism against predators. The snapping
sound that their modified claw makes is louder than a gunshot and can break a glass jar!
The sound is actually not made by the claw hitting together as scientists first believed.
The sound is created by a bubble that is formed when a shrimp snaps its claw. The bubble can
travel up to 68 miles per hour and when the bubble pops, it pops with such force that
the sound is created. A short burst of light is also created when a shrimp snaps but the
light happens so quickly it is invisible to the naked eye. One of the first questions I wondered when
I found out about snapping shrimp is what happens if the shrimp loses it�s snapping
claw? The answer is very interesting. Like many other animals that have the ability to
regenerate or regrow a lost body part, a new snapping claw will grow back. The thing that
is unique about the snapping shrimp, though, is that they reverse claw. That means that
to make the process of their defense claw growing back take less time, their smaller
claw grows into their snapping claw and a new regular claw grows back where their lost
snapping claw once was. I find snapping shrimp so interesting that
a snapping shrimp is a character in the third Friends with Fins book, which is a bedtime
book that will be published soon. In the mean time, if you don’t have the first two Friends
with Fins books, you can get them by clicking on the card. Now that we know about snapping shrimp, let’s
talk about goby fish. Gobies come from one of the largest fish families, known as gobiidae.
There are over 2000 different species of goby fish that are found all over the world both
in the salty water of the ocean as well as in the brackish water found in estuaries.
Their habitats range from tide pools to coral reefs to sea grass meadows. Generally gobies
are bottom dwellers and range in size from one to four inches. They don’t have their
own defense mechanism to defend against predators and that’s where the symbiotic relationship
with snapping shrimp comes in handy! Snapping shrimp are almost blind, so they
can’t see to hunt and can’t see when predators are approaching. Because of this, they use
their antenna to stay connected to watchmen gobies. When the goby senses danger, it wiggles
its tales to alert the snapping shrimp to snap! If danger is within sticking distance,
they both dart into the burrow they live in together that is often built by the snapping
shrimp. So in return for help with defense, the goby provides eyes for the shrimp! This is a photo by Mark Strickland of a snapping
shrimp and a blue spotted watchman goby. It is the perfect illustration of how these two
animals live together. As you can see, the shrimp is using its antenna to take signals
from the goby and the goby is standing guard. Thank you to Mark Strickland for sharing your
pistol shrimp/goby photos for this video. A link to his website is in the info section
below if you want to see many more amazing underwater creatures or sign up for his dive
travel newsletter. If you have questions or comments about goby
fish or snapping shrimp leave them below. If you want to watch a whole video on tidewater
gobies featuring scientist Brenton Spies, there is a link to that Friends with Fins
video in the info section below. If you want weekly ocean and conservation
information, click subscribe. See you next Friends with Fins Friday Thanks for watching!

2 thoughts on “What is the Loudest Animal On Earth? Friends with Fins finds out!

  • Sandy Garcia Post author

    OMG!!!! I just read about these animals to my class! This video will enhance their learning more! Thank you

  • Bedtime Moral Stories Yo Fury Post author

    1,263 viewers, 1.2k subscribers, commments? 5
    Likes? 7 or 8????? COME ON PEOPLE!! She was sooo informative, don't do this!! Let's give her LIKES!!!!!!!!!!! Or comments too? Maybe? That will be great. This is the first video I am watching of you and I already LOVED it!!!!!!!! THANK YOU

    SO MUCHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Have you made a video on slow motion snapping shrimp? Please copy-paste the link in replies if you have.


    I subed. 😊😊😊

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