to be collaborating in their calling," Bland said. "Individuals
near each other seem to adjust their frequency, or pitch, to an approximate
common value. Like a choir improvising, the group's pitch swings substantially
over several hours with the individual fish following the swings, indicating
that they are listening to each other and responding."
"Toadfish," incidentally, would make a great name for a band.
Using what an SFSU periodical describes as "complex physics equations" -- as if the field of physics is replete with simple equations -- Bland plans on analyzing the toadfish songs, and studying why communities of the fish sing at different pitches than those a few blocks over.
Listen to the song of the toadfish here.