Sunday, September 16, 2012

Shark Training in The Bahamas

Sharks might be able to learn new skills just by watching their friends' behavior, a new study finds.

In experiments at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas, a group of researchers corralled 18 juvenile lemon sharks in a large holding pen and trained some to complete a reward-based task.

If the sharks entered a certain area of the pen — called the indicator zone — a target would be exposed on the other side of the pen. Then, if the sharks swam to the target and bumped it, they were given a piece of fish.

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