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Aquatic Non-Scents

Repercussions of water pollutants that mute smell

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1:12pm, January 23, 2007

People complain about the way that fish smell. But it's the fish that should be doing the grumbling. In pristine waters, the animals smell quite well, thank you. Those tiny holes near fishes' mouths are, in fact, nostrils through which the animals draw in water to pump over olfactory nerves. By distinguishing scents, fish find food and mates and avoid predators.

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