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why dont tons of fish get fried when lightning strikes the ocean?

Asked by punkcoop (1points) July 4th, 2007
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*some* do, but not tons.

The electricity dissipates quickly, as the entire ocean becomes the conductor/sink. Right at the strike location, anything swimming about is pretty much toast. (And if you were sticking your head out of the water near there, you'd become the strike location) As you move further away, the current flow (amperage) decreases exponentially.

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