02 Oct '11, 6pm

Video documents tool use by wild fish | Nature | The Earth Times via @earthtimes #fish #tuskfish #Wrasse

Video documents tool use by wild fish | Nature | The Earth Times via @earthtimes #fish #tuskfish #Wrasse

Tool use was once considered an exclusive hallmark of human intelligence and ingenuity. Then, in the 1960s Dr. Jane Goodall stunned the world with the revelation that other primates (in this instance chimpanzees) also use tools. Since then, numerous scientists have documented tool use among other mammals, such as elephants and dolphins, and even among birds. Now Giacomo Bernardi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has documented tool use by a fish. Published in the journal, Coral Reefs, the video (below) shows an orange-dotted tuskfish - a type of Wrasse - digging a clam out of the sand, carrying it in its mouth and swimming some distance to an appropriate location, before repeatedly flinging the bivalve against a reef rock to break its hard shell and expose the tasty flesh within. Bernardi seemed impressed by the det...

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