Breaking Wind

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  1. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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    I found out today that fish (herring in particular) actually do fart and in the same way we are accustomed to. Some fishes make similar noises with their mouths and teeth but the herring does it the old fashioned way.
    It seems that they do it as a means of communication especially at night. It is theorized that this is the way large schools/balls of herring are able to stay together at night. Who'd a thought!
    So, next time you are out fishing with your buddy, don't be so quick to point blame when you hear the sound of escaping gas. It may just be a herring!
    To be filed in the "for whatever it's worth basket".
    Jack
     
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    The real king of the animal kingdom for "breaking wind" has to be the Manatee. When my son was in grad school in Orlando, a friend who worked at Seaworld gave him a behind the scenes tour. The manatee enclosure at night was always really bad. Maybe there's a reason they are called "sea cows".
     
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    David Loy Senior Moment

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    Jack, quite the renaissance man. Can't wait to share that nugget at the dinner table.
    Looking forward to the SBS tie.
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    If you could only get a streamer to fart. Toss it in the bait ball and waaamm.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Now that's an interesting bit of information! ;)

    Seriously Jack, where did you find this out? First hand experience (I can just picture you with your head in the water waiting for herring farts! :D) or something you read?

    If the latter, I'd enjoying reading that article. I always enjoy learning more, especially about fishy things!

    You also said: "It seems that they do it as a means of communication especially at night."

    Man, after that casserole last night I was communicating very well!!! :eek:
     
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  6. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Well, I was wandering around Barnes & Noble (Silverdale) today trying to figure out if it was a bookstore or a toystore when I came across a book "Why Fish Fart". I just had to 'bite" on such a "catchy" title and soon found the basis for the title, a short chapter on herring flatulence. The book was full of all sorts of stuff other than fish stuff. I admit that I exercised some "artistic license" in my initial thread post in that I left out the fact that only the herring hear the sounds.

    Jack &#$^@)
     
  7. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    "Must have been those dang barking herring!";)
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Back in my climbing days we'd say "must've been a California barking spider!!"

    And since I'm in Silverdale I may have to stop by the B & N and check out that book!!
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    If I was a fish, I wouldn't eat something that just farted!!! :eek:
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I dunno...the old lady doesn't much care for me 'communicating' with my farts.
     
  11. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    "Why Fish Fart"; now there's a title that belongs in any educated fly fisher's library! Remember when farting cows were thought to be a contributor to global warming a few years ago? Now it's the herring. Couldn't Monty Python's Men who say "ni" work up something with that? "...wiiiiiiiiiiiiith..... a herring fart".
     
  12. David Loy

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    So, imagine the herring that couldn't fart.
    Leland's inspiration?
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I once had an assignment to draw an illustration for an article on the subject of fish farting... evidently, some do. It's called a FRT.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/fish-fart.html

    Not that this information will help us catch fish with flies but it does make for interesting conversation at a sushi bar.
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I have an app on my phone called fish fart. My grand son and I think it's kinda cool.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    On deadlist catch , the late Phil Harris commentd that he could find King crab by looking for their Fart bubbles
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Well, fortunately because I'm the considerate type . . . I opted for surgery. The doctor removed the stink, but left the noise. I've been told that I should sue for malpractice . . .
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Apps are very useful...I was scrolling through my email, thinking I was alone....and ripped off a big one. Didn't notice the secretary just around the corner in the adjacent hallway.....she complimented me on the cool fart app.

    I got out of there before she figured out a smartphone app stench technology doesn't exist.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Are you sure that wasn't "Deadliest Crotch," Benny?
     
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    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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