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Why do seashells sound like the ocean?

If you ever took a trip to the beach as a kid, you may have been encouraged to put a seashell to your ear so you can “hear” the sea. But why can you hear sounds resembling the sea in a shell? Are we somehow hearing sounds from the shell’s past, or is it something easier to explain?

“It’s not the sound of the sea,” Trevor Cox, a professor of acoustics engineering at the University of Salford in the UK, told Live Science in an email. “But since you’re holding a conch to yours Earit makes sense that people would think it could be.”

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