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September 9 2012

Lemon sharks 'learn' skills by watching each other


Lemon sharks have the ability to learn from each other's behaviour, US scientists have found.

The team compared the performance of inexperienced juvenile sharks working with both trained and untrained partners.

The results showed that sharks working with trained partners could complete tasks more quickly and successfully.

The study is thought to be the first to demonstrate social learning in any cartilaginous fish.

"I think it's a really cool finding," said lead author Dr Tristan Guttridge from the University of Miami, Florida whose paper was published in the Journal of Animal Cognition.

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