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Fish Holding its Breath

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 6:50 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Spotted for the first time: a fish holding its breath underwater

Like us, fish need oxygen to survive. But to breathe, most pull oxygen-containing water into their mouths and pump it through their gill chambers before expelling it out of their gill slits. Now, for the first time, scientists have seen fish “holding” that breath, some for up to 4 minutes at a time.

I don’t know if this is scientifically important but there is a fun video.


3 Responses to “Fish Holding its Breath”

  1. They must be bratty millenial fish who lost privileges to their Iphones and are holding their breath in protest…

    checksix (b5ec6e)

  2. I’ll take Millennials, but with “they’re getting a good hit of reef-water”.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. In Jr Hi my after lunch class had me behind a big heavy kid who must have been lactose intolerant with an additional dose of IBD.
    I often held my breath until I almost passed out.
    Do fish ever drown?

    steveg (354706)

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