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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we hear the sea in a seashell?

Dr-Universe-230VANCOUVER, Wash. – Whenever cats go to the beach, we tend to keep a safe distance from the water and explore the shore. I once stumbled upon a big, beautiful pink and white seashell.

Dr.-UniverseWhen I put my ear up to it, I heard the familiar sound of whooshing waves. While there wasn’t actually an ocean inside, I figured the sound had to be coming from somewhere. So, I decided to investigate. You can try it, too.

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