Fish having sex could be to blame for humming noise stopping people sleeping in Hythe, Southampton
LOVE-MAKING fish might be to blame for a low hum which is disturbing the sleep of people in Southampton.
Residents have said the noise 'pulsates' through their homes all night from about 10pm.
Some people have been forced to move away from the area because they find it impossible to sleep.
But scientists believe the noise could be being caused by fish having sex in an estuary nearby in Hythe.
Midshipman male fish let out a distinctive drone to let females know they are searching for a mate.
The noise can go on for hours and often increases in volume as competing males attempt to out-hum each other. The noise can also be amplified by the sound bouncing off buildings and ships.
Seattle in Washington, USA, has the same problem as Midshipman fish are believed to live in the nearby Duwamish waterway, and people living nearby in Hythe think the noise is similar.
Dr Ben Wilson of the Scottish Association for Marine Science is reported as saying: "It's not beyond the realms of possibility.
"There are certainly 'sonic fish' in the north Atlantic and the approaches to the English Channel."
There have been no reports of a similar sound from people living around the Loughor Estuary - but we’d be interested to know if anyone has noticed any odd humming in the night.