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Sharks Learn New Skills From More Successful Sharks

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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1:40PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

very interesting

3:12AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

thanks for info

5:55AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

great post thanks for sharing :)

11:50AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

I'm not surprised; they are survivors.

4:52PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thanks for great post.

3:07PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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

10:01AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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

8:57AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Mentoring in the animal world.

6:47AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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

5:59AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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

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