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Does a Fish Fart?

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I have often seen bubbles coming up to the surface.. but I have never actually worked out if Wild fish are Farting or just burping.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, SpiderPig said:

Have you got proof of that?

 

Absolutely not but I did just read that some species of fish fart as a form of communication - just like men.

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Now that I have to see... Please post a link...   I dont think I have ever seen 2 guys comunicating by farting... 

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26 minutes ago, SpiderPig said:

  I dont think I have ever seen 2 guys comunicating by farting... 

 

Of course you have. In adolescence boys hold eachother down and fart on eachother all the time. Surely that is communicating something.

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The answer depends on your definition of a fart. If you consider farting to be the by-product of digestion (gases) expelled solely through the rear-end, then no most fish don’t fart (with the exception of herring and sand sharks). Some may say they’ve observed air escaping from the neither region of a fish after they gulped air at the surface, but this isn’t really a product of digestion, so can it be termed a fart? Most fish do use air to inflate and deflate their bladder to maintain buoyancy which is expelled either through their mouth or gills which can be mistaken for a fart. For example, sand tiger sharks gulp air into their stomachs at the surface which they then discharge out the back door to attain a desired depth. Is that a fart in the true sense of the word? We’ll let you decide. Experts say that the digestive gases of fish are consolidated with their feces and expelled in gelatinous tubes which fish sometimes eat again (eew…I know!). Point being – No farts.

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The Herring however, is a whole other story. Research and observation has shown that this fish creates a mysterious underwater noise through their stern (referred to as farting or breaking wind), which is always accompanied by a fine stream of bubbles. This way of expelling air to create a high-frequency sound is means of communication for the herring and shows no connection to digestive gases or what we call farts except that it looks like bubbles coming out of the anal duct of the fish.

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On 19.6.2019, 14:04:45, SpiderPig said:

Now that I have to see... Please post a link...   I dont think I have ever seen 2 guys comunicating by farting... 

Really? Then let me culturally enrich you by dragging this up from the depth of Youtube, as you see communication can be emblellished by farting.

 

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1 hour ago, Sir Percy B said:

The answer depends on your definition of a fish

fixed that for you Sir P. ;-)

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There is actually an old Greek joke about that:

"How does the red mullet fart?"

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"It doesn't fart, this is why it is red!"

 

(I am sorry, I could not resist… By the way, this fish tastes absolutely amazing)

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