Let’s Debate: Are Fish Really Wet While They’re Underwater?

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Recently a video started circulating the internet of a couple dudes in a heated argument over a simple question: “Are fish wet while they’re underwater?”

I had never thought about this before, because duh. Fish are like the wettest things I’ve ever seen. But once the wheels started turning, I think the guy who originally sounded crazy might be onto something. Here’s the video, so you can see his point.

Basically, he’s saying you can’t be wet if you’re surrounded by water, but once you leave the water, that’s when you’re wet. Because of science, etc.

I took to the internet, where no one has literally ever been wrong, for some third opinions sure to clear this up. I found a pretty entertaining Yahoo! Answers thread from 9 years ago. Both sides made some pretty compelling arguments. Here are the highlights:

Team Yes Fish Are Wet

Team No, You’re Not Wet Till You’re Out Of Water
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I’m not sure which side I’m on in this debate,. Both bring up great points, as you saw above. But I do know one thing, I hope one day I’m as passionate about anything as this guy is about fish DEFINITELY being wet.

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Comments 8

  1. That is not true because if you take a book and submerge it underwater it will fall apart because it’s wet. The ink even soaks off the pages because it’s wet. If you take a fist of dirt and submergeit in water it will turn into mood because it’s wet. If you submerge your phone in water it will shut down because it’s wet. Sea divers wear wet suits because it’s wet under water.

    1. I think the point the man is trying to make is when something is wet, it is only a temporary thing. He isn’t talking about mobile phones and fists, he’s talking about life itself! A fish can’t possibly be wet because they are living in their natural habitat! The other dude refers to fish as being wet because human beings live in the dry therefore it is rational for him to say that, but the definition of something being wet is actually very subjective. There’s an inconsistency in the definition. In other words, if human beings get wet because they have been in the water, then it is acceptable to say we are wet because our natural habitat is to be in the air. Science can prove that quite easily.

      1. but being wet is a human concept being that if you’re exposed to liquid you are wet. You can’t change the meaning of being wet because something is always exposed to liquid

    2. wetness doesn’t cause it to fall apart. immersion does. if a book was wet outside of water it would not fall apart. dirt in water is dirt in water; it has to be exposed to air to become mud. your phone will shut down because it is not built to be resistant to ANY amount of water. naming a wet suit so is simply a name, like every other word is a name for a definition. and none of these are relevant to the concept of wetness. so by logical reasoning this argument falls apart..

  2. Think about it like this. Jump into a landfill and cover yourself with trash, you are just as dirty covered in trash as you are right when you get out of the trash.

  3. If ur in the water ur. Wet no matter if ur under or coming out ur automatically wet. It might seem ur not wet but u r sorry

  4. If you put a piece of paper underwater you can rip it easier because it is wet. If it was dry then it should be the same difficulty to rip. Therefore it is wet

  5. The definition of wet is to be moistened, dampened, soaked, submerged or covered in water or any other liquid. Thus, when a fish is in water it is wet. We shouldn’t try to complicate this issue, or you’ll accidentally create 74 gender-like ways to reside in water and not be wet.

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