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15 Dec 2016
by CARPology
What happens when a carp starts to feed...
The process that carp go through during feeding thanks to fish expert and Diggerlakes owner, Ben Gratwicke

01 “As a carp switches on to feed, chemo-attraction and stimulation facilitate the initial location (olfactory response.) Also using its sensory organs, such as its barbules to touch and taste its food or if clear enough water it will use its eyes to see the food source.”

02 “Food is taken in to the mouth of the fish and any debris such as stones, sticks or other unwanted items are sorted out and rejected. Fine silt or sand is expelled through the gill rakers whereas stones and your rig if you have got it wrong are blown out of the fishes mouth!”

03 “Items of food are then passed back to the pharangyls (teeth) where it is crushed before being swallowed for digestion, as carp do not have a true stomach, the food is digested the entire length of the intestine before exiting the anus.”

04 “Carp will pass almost whole pellets if they are fed enough only digesting the smallest outer layer.”

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