For the first time ever you may be able to hear what deep-sea fish sound like. Most of us have heard dolphin and whale noises, but not fish that lurk much deeper near the ocean floor, more than 2,200 feet below the surface. Scientists at the University Massachusetts at Amherst used a deep-water hydrophone to record a full day of noises from the sea floor, and they may not sound like what you would expect. In the recordings, the fish sound more like ducks, birds, and maybe even pigs with a series of quacking, chirping, and grunting. Marine ecologists hypothesized more than 50 years ago that even though the creatures live in total darkness, they're not living in total silence because they have to communicate for survival and reproduction. The scientists teamed up with commercial fishermen and spent 24 hours recording the sounds of the sea floor of Welkers Canyon, just south of New England's Georges Bank. What makes this discovery even more groundbreaking is that, until now, scientists did not have the technology to capture the sounds of the deep sea. Big-time nature enthusiasts are going wild about this discovery--sharing the news all over Twitter. One person tweeted, "QUACK! Is it a duck? No, it's a deep sea fish."
Let's switch gears and talk politics. Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield was kicked out of a Knoxville restaurant for his controversial views. The Republican had sponsored a state bill that refuses to allow teachers to discuss homosexuality in any form in the classroom. Known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, it has been met with controversy. The owner of Bistro at the Bijou, Martha Boggs, disagrees with Campfield. The Knoxville restaurant refused to serve the senator, and the senator confirmed that he was asked to leave. The restaurant also announced its action on its Facebook page, saying, "I hope that Stacey Campfield now knows what it feels like to be unfairly discriminated against." That post alone has gained more than 4,000 "likes" and nearly 900 comments. People are expressing their support from California to Australia, with one person writing, "Beyond well done!!! Thank you for standing up to the bully." As for Campfield, he says he has no problem with gays and refers to his rental property business as proof. The senator said that he "has rented to homosexuals, mixed-race couples, [and] black couples."
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