swim bladder

noun

Definition of swim bladder

: the air bladder of a fish

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After it was nearly fished into extinction in the late 20th century (prized in Mexico for the flavor of its meat and in China for its swim bladder), the large drum fish endemic to the region has since been successfully farmed. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "One of Mexico City’s Hottest Restaurant Groups Fuses Mexican and Japanese Influences," 29 June 2019 The noises reverberate in the cod's belly, where his balloonlike swim bladder acts as an extension of his ears. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 The researchers found that as the pounding sound passes through a fish's body, the swim bladder can knock into other tissues hard enough to cause serious injuries. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 Unfortunately for the totoaba, the Chinese believe their swim bladders have revitalizing properties. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "“Tourists” caught in US with endangered fish bladders worth $3.7 million," 18 June 2019 Shock waves from the explosions rupture the fishes' swim bladders, immobilizing the fish and causing some to float to the surface. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Gunshot Sensors Pinpoint Destructive “Fish Bombs”," 18 May 2018 In the past, collectors would sometimes pierce the fishes’ swim bladders to relieve the pressure, an invasive and risky procedure. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Gadget Brings Fish Up From the Ocean’s “Twilight Zone”," 11 June 2018 Deep divers carry tiny bubbles of air in their bodies, and fish have swim bladders; both expand as bodies ascend and pressure decreases. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Device Helps Fish Make It Out of the Twilight Zone Alive," 9 June 2018 Some scientists poke holes into fish swim bladders with needles to solve the problem. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Device Helps Fish Make It Out of the Twilight Zone Alive," 9 June 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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