The reefs are alive with the sound of oysters

Oysters use the sound of a reef to figure out where to settle down in life

By Bethany Brookshire, 15:19 PM November 5, 2013

Oysters seem like very prosaic creatures. Binding themselves firmly to the rock or the ground or other oysters, the mollusks spend all of their adult lives in the same place, the very essence of a settled existence. But before that, when oysters are young and all of life is before them, they lead a wild, floating existence, traveling the world (or at least a decent distance) before they settle down for life.

Baby oysters are planktonic, meaning they can’t swim, but instead float in the water c...

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