(ORDO NEWS) — The increased aggressiveness of fish in the Indian and Pacific Oceans is due to the blanching of corals, scientists from Lancaster University said.
The researchers studied the behavior of various ocean habitats, including butterfly fish. After long-term observations, they concluded that coral bleaching disrupts communication between fish – they begin to resort to violence more often, especially against competing species.
Many corals die due to blanching. This, according to scientists, violates the algorithms for the exchange of signals between different types of fish. They understand each other worse and more often pursue competitors.
Scientists drew attention to the increased competition for food in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. If this trend continues, it could negatively affect the survival of some species, they concluded.
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