Striking While The Rock Is Hot

Just three months ago a paper was published reporting the first observed case in the wild of tool use in fish. Now, a different technique has been observed being applied by the same species but a different country. And this time they have video.

Presumably tuskfish have been doing this for millions of years, and the coincidental discoveries are a combination of the increasing number of scuba divers and blind luck. But it is fun to imagine the fish have actually been watching human swimmers, and have only just picked up a few tricks.

About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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