Fish using tools caught by video camera for the first time (Video)

By on Sep 29, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Australia, Science Comments

A fish using tools to get its food was caught by video camera by a professor of University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as shown in the video below, which was believed to be the first time.

Fish using tools to get food
Image Credit: bernardi5/YouTube

As noted at Discovery News on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the ‘fish using tools’ video was shot in Palau Island by Giacomo Bernardi, a UCSC professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Apparently, the orange-dotted tuskfish can be seen as it grabs a clam out of the sand using its mouth and swam further. Later, the fish repeatedly pounded the clam into a rock until it gets cracked.

“What the movie shows is very interesting,” Bernardi was quoted on the report, noting that the fish was able to plan its action and performed complex things amazingly.

“It requires a lot of forward thinking, because there are a number of steps involved. For a fish, it’s a pretty big idea.” he added, whose report also appeared at described in the journal Coral Reefs.

Bernardi, who studies fish genetics, suggested on the report that there may still be other examples of tool that fishes use that have not yet been discovered by man.

“Scientists aren’t sure how the skill developed, and whether or not it comes from instinct or if the fish learns from watching others.” Bernardi explained, noting that fish under water has not been closely observed that much.

Last July, a professional diver Scott Gardner was said to have captured on photo of a blackspot tuskfish almost doing the same, which was believed to be the first pictures of a wild fish using a tool.

Choerodon Tools: Fish using tools to get food
Video Credit: bernardi5/YouTube

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