Okay hivemind, riddle me this. Here is a fairly typical video (shared by Carl Zimmer) of a predator engulfing its prey without first killing it. You see this all the time in nature docs. What I want to know is: what happens to the prey? How long does it take for it to die? Does the predator have to contend with a gulletful of struggling prey? Does the prey ever bust out, or does it just sit there going "Yeah, it's a fair cop".
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- I just read that some snails can survive being eaten by a bird: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-tiny-snails-survive-birds-digestive.html
Apart from that it's quite the strategy to get eaten, many parasites move to new hosts that way, and plant seeds get distributed and fertilized for their start in life when being pooped out. But those are not prey, true.
By the way: I never ever want to eat an oyster. Which is swallowed alive. I don't want anything to have to fight for its life in my stomach.Jul 24, 2011
- Also, there is documented evidence of a man called Jonah surviving in the belly of a whale for years. The journal it was in had some other pretty crazy and controversial papers in, but I have been told that it is 100% factual.Jul 25, 2011
- There’s no way it could be 100% factual without at least some phone hacking going on.Jul 25, 2011
- Umm its in a really old book. A book that says it is 100% true. I mean... I don't see what else you need to be convinced.
In other news, how has nobody made a swallow joke yet? I thought this was the internet.Jul 25, 2011
- ... and what goes on with this blighter? http://weirdimals.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/black-swallower/Jul 31, 2011
- Ho lee crud! Dude that link .... it has everything I'd want in a story... well except boobs but, and I don't say this often (read: ever) but boobs might wreck it.Jul 31, 2011
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