Why is the smell of fish so persistant?

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Why is the smell of fish so persistant?
« on: 18/04/2011 23:35:59 »
If you've cooked fish at home then the smell can linger mildly for days. If they serve (especially deep fried) fish in the restaurant at work, and I wear a particularly fluffy cotton shirt the smell lingers in the shirt all afternoon until I can get home and wash the shirt.

What makes the smell of fish so persistant compared to other (cooked) foods?
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