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Researchers began an experiment this fall at Shido Bay in Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture, to decode the “language” of oysters, using a device that monitors the bivalves for indications of changes in their environment.

The instrument, named Kai-Lingual, a play on the Japanese word for shellfish, “kai,” observes the opening and closing movements of shells, which can indicate red tide, oxygen deficiency or other seawater abnormalities that could kill oysters.

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