Do Fish Fart?

  1. Ivan Seeking

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    I ran across this question by chance and found that it seems to have created quite a bit of controversy. Here are a few links that pooped up.

    http://www.riverandreef.com/artman/publish/article_20.shtml

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/001110.html


    http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/scizone/question/default.asp?teaserIdEN=380

    http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/improbable/story/0,11109,1434885,00.html
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2005
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  3. Math Is Hard

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    Dr. Batty? :rofl:

    An apt name for someone obsessed with analyzing fish farts.
     
  4. Evo

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    I don't know which is worse, that people wonder if fish fart, or that I'm reading about it. :redface:
     
  5. Math Is Hard

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    I've never been able to make that "technically, it was not a fart" excuse work. It's easier to blame it on the nearest dog.
     
  6. Ivan Seeking

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    I sent this to a customer and suggested that we could communicate in code this way.
     
  7. Kerrie

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    instead of morse code, it could be fish fart code
     
  8. Moonbear

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    I don't know, but as soon as I saw the thread title, I couldn't resist reading it. :rofl:

    MIH, the dog excuse only works on land, but now, when out swimming, the bubbles can be blamed on the nearest fish! :rofl:
     
  9. arildno

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    Is fish farting an environmental hazard?
    Can they use farts as a defense mechanism as well?
    What are social faux pas among fishes if farting is not?

    Will fish in a closed container eventually choke on their own farts?
    Is that why we must change the water in the gold fish bowl regularly?

    Ponder, ponder..
     
  10. jtbell

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    I think I remember reading one of the original reports about this phenomenon, perhaps in Science magazine. The authors described the sound as a sort of ticking, and dubbed it something like "Fast Repeated Ticks". :smile:
     
  11. Math Is Hard

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    This is turning into a Danger cartoon. A guy is out in the ocean floating about in an innertube and we see bubbles coming up from his swim trunks. Two fish see this and one says to the other "what the heck is he saying?" :biggrin:
     
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