01 Apr '13, 10pm

Sea lion learns to dance along to pop music, for science (Video)

Whether it be in the unconscious tapping of a foot along with the radio, or an all out body-shaking shuffle on the dance floor, moving to the beat of music seems to come naturally for humans. But as one California sea lion named Ronan is proving, the notion that we are the only mammals with the ability to boogie just might be as outdated as the Mashed Potato. In a series of experiments conducted at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the 3-year-old sea lion was exposed to a variety of pop songs -- including such hits as John Fogerty's "Down on the Corner," "Everybody" by the Backstreet Boys, and "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind and Fire. Amazingly, Ronan learned to keep near-perfect rhythm once the music began, bobbing her head on time with the songs' changing beats. Mike Baird /CC BY 2.0 According to the study's lead researche...

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