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North Sea Grunts


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OK `Jolly Jacks' try this one. North Sea Grunts in WW1 ?? Were they noted then ??

They were certainly spoken of in the `Tweeny' years.

In WW11 much puzzlement was shown as to what the `Cunning Jerry's' were getting up to.

All sorts of theories prevailed - secret listening devices etc.

Now they are put down to N.Sea oil bubbling to the surface / flatulent fish / other ??

At least Cdr. G.C. Coltart the then SNO HMS DOLPHIN in a letter (extant in RNSM) to ?? wrote "it is the same as the rude noise one makes in the bath".

Thats one NOT to be `sniffed at' chaps - what !!

Regarda vois (spelling !)

Sadsac

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Sadsac,

Nearest I can get is the nickname for a Gurnard 'a Grunt' and of course the reknown 'Grunter'.

Is this in relation to hydrophones?

REgards Charles

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In the last three or four years, herring have been shown to communicate by "Fast, Repetitive Ticking" - or FRTing - which involves the blowing of a series of bubbles of gas from you-know-where and, presumably, makes a ticking noise. Don't know if that explains grunting noises or not...

Adrian

(in case you doubt my seriousness, http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4343...e-hot-air.html)

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As Joseph said, the Gurnard is called a Grunt and makes a grunting noise, bu I can't say that is the answer; I have heard them grunting though ;)

Cheers Ron

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How surreal can this get ?

yes, I have seen patrol logs from G13 describing grunting noises heard on the Dogger Bank. The cause was put down to a school of porpoises.

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..gas from you-know-where and, presumably, makes a ticking noise.

In my tiredness, I misread and thought you said a "tickling" noise. :D

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Chas, Andrew, Ron, Clio, Martin, thanks for `taking part' info was gained !

So, Old Coltart was correct when he surmised that it was similar `to rude noise' etc !!!

My apologies to CAPTAIN Coltart - in my post I demoted him to Cdr. SNO HMS DOLPHIN.

Sadsac

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