About the Lateral Line
Trout have inner ears, which allow them to hear sounds as we do. They also have lateral lines, special sense organs used to “feel” sounds. Lateral lines allow trout to hear sounds that are too low for humans to hear. Every trout has two lateral lines, one on each side of its body. A lateral line is made of a series of U-shaped tubes. Every time the water outside the U vibrates because of a sound, a tiny hair at the base of the U wiggles, which sends a nerve signal to the brain. The trout’s brain translates the wiggle into information about where the vibration came from. Trout use lateral lines to find food, escape predators and keep away from obstacles.
Sometimes I suspect SWMBO has a lateral line too.
The lateral line is a system of sense organs found in aquatic vertebrates, used to detect movement, vibration, and pressure gradients in the surrounding water. The sensory ability is achieved via modified epithelial cells, known as hair cells, which respond to displacement caused by motion and transduce these signals into electrical impulses via excitatory synapses. Lateral lines serve an important role in schooling behavior, predation, and orientation. For example, fish can use their lateral line system to follow the vortices produced by fleeing prey. Lateral lines are usually visible as faint lines of pores running lengthwise down each side, from the vicinity of the gill covers to the base of the tail. In some species, the receptive organs of the lateral line have been modified to function as electroreceptors, which are organs used to detect electrical impulses, and as such, these systems remain closely linked. Most amphibian larvae and some fully aquatic adult amphibians possess mechanosensitive systems comparable to the lateral line.
The lateral line system allows the detection of movement, vibration, and pressure gradients in the water surrounding an animal, providing spatial awareness and the ability to navigate in the environment.
So now you know…
Turangi – trout fishing capital of the world – in autumn colours.
Magnitude 1.7, Sun, May 28 2017, 11:17:48 am (NZST)
Information about this earthquake and historical location data.
|Universal Time||May 27 2017, 23:17:48|
|NZ Standard Time||Sun, May 28 2017, 11:17:48 am|
|Location||10 km west of Turangi|
|Latitude, Longitude||-38.96, 175.67|
Interactive map showing quake location.
Sunday Quake History
Location history for this earthquake:
Earthquake swarm in Taupo Volcanic Zone not related to volcanic activity
Numerous small earthquakes which hit near Turangi are part of a swarm of quakes that have been shaking the region on and off since February.
They are not related to volcanic activity, GNS experts say.
According to GeoNet, dozens of small earthquakes hit the area on Friday evening, and are likely to be related to the long-term tectonic stretching of the Taupo Volcanic Zone.
GNS Science seismologist John Ristau said the quakes were not “really all that unusual”.
The swarms would hit from time to time, and usually the earthquakes weren’t very big, and tended to sit lower down on the Richter scale.
Many people have reported feeling the quakes on Friday evening, according to the GeoNet website.
Volcanologist Natalia Deligne said the swarm began in February, and usually happened in pulses.
The area experienced seismic activity of a very similar nature a few years ago.