Friday, October 23, 2009

NY Times Article on Smart Reef Fish

Here is an interesting article in the science section of the New York Times on experiments by Australian researchers training small reef fish to recognize and respond to targets. The scientists say the ability to learn could provide the fish with survival benefits in the complex social environment of the ocean reefs. There is even a short video of a training session. Their feeding wand isn't nearly as cool as ours!

3 comments:

Mary H. said...

Neat! Thank you for sharing this.

Mary H.
http://stalecheerios.com/blog

Diane said...

It's always fun to see academia discover fish talents that we trainers take for granted!

The article didn't say how the reef fish were told which target to choose. Were they given a cue? If so, that is an even more interesting ability than target discrimination. I've had mixed success in teaching goldfish to choose a target designated by a shape-color cue on an ipod.

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