Can fish become deaf?


At least that's what clown fish and other similar species are risking. The danger comes from the acidification of the oceans, caused by the high concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Acidity would affect the hearing ability of fish, particularly in younger ones, because it inhibits the development of cartilages in the bone labyrinth. The risk is that the fish lose the ability to perceive the vibrations in the water due to the approach of the predators, with great risk for survival. The alarm was raised by a study by the University of Bristol.
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