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the secret lives of the fishes?

the old rumor about goldfish only having a 3 second memory was disproved recently and it just so happens that their memory can last up to 3 months which is fairly amazing since your typical goldfish brain weighs about 0.097 grams

some researchers claim that fishes don't deserver their reputation as dim-wits ( a reputation perpetuated by the 3-second memory myth ) and, in fact, they are "steeped in social intelligence, pursuing Machiavellian strategies of manipulation, punishment and reconciliation, exhibiting stable cultural traditions, and co-operating to inspect predators and catch food."

now, i don't know if our fish are as smart as albert the world's smartest goldfish, who has earned a place in the the guinness book of world records as the "fish with the largest repertoire of tricks", but i guess i should probably give them the benefit of the doubt that they probably aren't staring at their reflections forgetting every 3 seconds that they are fishes.

but are blind cave fish are smarter than dogs? "harrumph", says mauja who thinks that's just a bunch of hooey.

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9/17/2006 09:11:00 PM 0 comments


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