Size Doesn’t Matter, Volume Does

Scientists at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, report having discovered the loudest animal on earth relative to its body size. The male water boatman, or Micronecta scholtzi, is a 1/16th inch-long insect that makes a noise measuring 99.2 decibels, which is about as loud as a lawnmower. Even more surprising is that the boatman makes the sound by rubbing its penis against its abdomen while underwater in an attempt to attract mates. The second loudest animal on earth relative to its body size is the female water boatman, which hits 97.4 dBs while shouting, “Shut up already! I told you I have a headache!”

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