Sharks Learn New Skills From More Successful Sharks

By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger

Perhaps this should be obvious, intuitive… Some really interesting research on sharks’ ability to learn new skills is being highlighted by BBC News. Scientists from the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas have discovered that lemon sharks engage in “social learning”—the first time that such ability has been observed in cartilaginous fish.

Untrained lemon sharks completed tasks more quickly by working with trained lemon sharks, suggesting that the untrained sharks “are able to pick up social cues from each other.”

Because of the type of experiment done, the scientists say they don’t know the actual social learning process going on, but it’s “quite obvious” that this is what’s happening. Lemon sharks learn from other lemon sharks.

Beyond the research itself, the thing that strikes me in all this is how it just takes one more brick from the human-created wall that separates humans from other animal species. Differences certainly exist, but none of them support the notion that humans are unique in the ways we have historically fashioned for ourselves. Perhaps it’s time we assume that other animals are essentially like ourselves until proven different, rather than the other way around.



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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

very interesting

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker3 years ago

thanks for info

Carrie Anne Brown

great post thanks for sharing :)

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare3 years ago

I'm not surprised; they are survivors.

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly3 years ago

Thanks for great post.

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.3 years ago

Intelligent living creatures !
Sorry for them to live on this planet.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Molly for providing Mr. McDermott's very interesting article.

Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson3 years ago

Mentoring in the animal world.

Ruth S.
Ruth C.3 years ago

All creatures, great and small, have a spark of the divine in them!

janet f.
janet f.3 years ago

And we're using them for soup. Who's the more evolved species?