Friday, September 30th, 2011

Fish Opens Clam

"What the movie shows is very interesting. The animal excavates sand to get the shell out, then swims for a long time to find an appropriate area where it can crack the shell. It requires a lot of forward thinking, because there are a number of steps involved. For a fish, it's a pretty big deal."
I'll say! University of California ecology and evolutionary biology professor Giacomo Bernardi talks about the orange-dotted tuskfish he filmed opening a clam with the help of a rock. It is the first filmic evidence of tool usage by a fish. I can't wait for the next scene, when the fish uses a fork to twirl up the spaghetti vongole he's made for himself because it is impolite to slurp at the dinner table.

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Even more amazing, both the fish and the clam are actually a single mimic octopus.

DMcK (#5,027)

On the one hand, calling this set of behaviors "a pretty big deal" is sort of patronizing to the fish. On the other hand, calling a random big rock a "tool" is giving Mr. Fishypants WAY too much credit. I'm torn about how I should think about this!

DMcK (#5,027)

@DMcK Ha! And when I hit the "back" button it showed the Maroon 5 video instead of the fish thing, so problem solved.

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