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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidPT40
    So basically its a combination of stomach acid, stomach muscles, and asphyxiation. Someone needs to slip a tiny camera in with a school of baitfish as humpbacks are feeding.
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    If the fish can speak whale, he/she can just get a ride to Sydney

    Sorry, couldn't avoid the temptation

    I'd go with the acids, but seems to me that most bony fishes would have those grinding theet??

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    I just read in "Mysteries of the Sea" that sperm whales have been found with live fish and squid in their stomaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbill
    Think of the poor goldfish that used to be swallowed whole by sub-humans.
    Yes but at least they were crackers.
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    Do fish have stomach acid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidPT40
    I know this is kind of a strange question, but it is marine related. When a whale or large fish swallows a small fish whole (and alive), what actually kills the fish? ....
    That is a very strange question. Ask Jonah.

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    And, what are they thinking about . . .

    "Like wow man, I think something just swallowed me." Then he flounces a few times and realizes it's time for a really, really long nap. He's getting sooo sleepy and then . . .

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    Where is . . .

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    Well, I finally found the answer to my question. The fish suffocate to death. When a whale swallows fish whole, the fish go into a non-enzyme secreting stomach. Here, anaerobic bacteria slowly break down the fish into a soup, which passes through a small opening into the other stomachs.


    Anchovys in a Bryde's whale stomach


    Salmon in a minke whale's stomach

    From the pictures, it looks like the stomach may not move much. The fish appear to be intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidPT40
    From the pictures, it looks like the stomach may not move much. The fish appear to be intact.
    The Japanese eat some small fish alive and whole. They just swallow them.

    Having tried a few I can assure you that they don't come out intact at the other end!
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