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Seals Are Making Creepy Ultrasound Noises Underwater, And We Have No Idea Why – ScienceAlert

They chirp, whistle and trill like droids — and scientists are hearing it now for the first time.

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Above water, they sound like bellowing Wookies
. Below the ice, they sound like chirping, chattering robots. Either way, the Weddell seals
of Antarctica should have no trouble finding work in an upcoming “Star Wars” project.
“The Weddell seals’ calls create an almost unbelievable, otherworldly soundscape under the ice,” Paul Cziko, a visiting professor at the University of Oregon and lead author of a new study describing the bizarre seal sounds, said in a statement
. “It really sounds like you’re…

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