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Do Sharks Fart? A (Mostly) Scientific Analysis

"Aw, shark farts!" is a phrase introduced by Liz Lemon on "30 Rock" and used for "when something is wrong or doesn't go your way." It is a useful phrase. But DO sharks fart?


According to Urban Dictionary, "Aw, shark farts!" is a phrase "introduced by Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon on "30 Rock" and used for "when something is wrong or doesn't go your way." It is a useful phrase. But do sharks fart?

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For most shark species, the answer is no. MasterDivers.com writes, "If you consider farting to be the byproduct of digestion – in other words, gases expelled from the rear end – then most fish don't fart" either.

Too bad. Because farting great white sharks would be epic.

do sharks fartEwwww, says you. Yum, breakfast, says this school of fish.

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This above gif is not of a shark farting. It's of a shark pooping. Big difference.

For reference, see "Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence," coauthored by Dani Rabaiotti of the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London, so you can rest assured that the book has very, very pedigreed fart cred.

Here's what's known about shark farts in particular. Not much. And furthermore, it depends on the definition of farting.

Huzzah! This means there are important zoological research undertakings for Science to be done! Get out there and Science, friends!

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So far, of all the sharks, only sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus) have been found to fart(ish), to gulp air at the surface through their mouths and release it through their cloacas. The sand sharks "fart" to move up and down in the water column.

"They let the air out when they want to lose buoyancy," Dani Rabaiotti reported to Southern Fried Science.

The gassiness isn't related to digestion, though, so it is not a fart like ours.

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Despite their fearsome lack of orthodonture, the sand tiger shark is a chill shark. It just wants to be left alone to fart into the couch and binge-watch "The Crown."

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