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These Tiny Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds Ever Recorded in the Ocean

You’ve heard of the saying “great things come in small packages.” Well, it looks like this saying proves itself once again through these tiny worms.

Thought to be silent creatures, scientists were astonished by the sound these little polychaete worms made, with the sound going up to 157 decibels (which is more intense than a jet taking off). Sounds around 130 decibels already are painful and damaging to the ears.

While this creature already has an ear-damaging sound, the snapping shrimp can do better with their 189 decibel snap which they use to stun prey (this is a noise capable of breaking glass, by the way).

If the shrimp uses their loud sound to stun prey, what do the worms use their sound for?

Find out on Science Alert.

(Video Credit: Science Magazine/ YouTube)


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