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Old 08-18-2004, 12:59 PM
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Denise read me an article published in Smithsonian on this subject. It strikes me as common sense that fish rubbing their jaws on rocks after having been caught are repeating a learned behavior in which they were hooked, broken off, and the fly was still embedded in the lip, therefore the jaw-rubbing was used to dislodge the hook. On a semi-unrelated note, if the fish don't have the part of the brain needed to register pain, what difference does it make?
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