swim bladder

noun

Definition of swim bladder 

: the air bladder of a fish

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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 The swim bladder creates sound when muscles that move gill plates beat against it, which produces a noise unique to their species that entices predators seeking distressed prey. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio company hooks a winner with natural sounds in lures," 26 Apr. 2018 The swim bladder in a fish pulls double duty for hearing and making sounds. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio company hooks a winner with natural sounds in lures," 26 Apr. 2018 These nets are designed to catch the giant totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a culinary delicacy in China and sold for more than $4,500 per pound. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "5 cool, and not-so-cool things, that have happened since the last Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2018 In order to get the robot to float through the water at different depths and changing pressure levels, SoFi contains a cylinder that compresses and depresses air to mimic the swim bladders of real fish. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "This Robotic Fish Could Change the Way Scientists Study Ocean Life," 22 Mar. 2018 Across the street, an entire storefront is dedicated to fish swim bladders, a prized delicacy with medicinal benefits. Jake Emen, USA TODAY, "Discover Hong Kong street food in Kowloon," 22 Mar. 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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