A team of scientists has found that lemon sharks learn from each other’s behavior.
The team compared the ability of juvenile sharks working with trained or untrained partners to complete certain tasks. They found that juveniles working with trained partners (sharks who had already been taught how to complete the tasks) could complete tasks more quickly and successfully than juveniles partnered with untrained sharks.
“It’s a pretty exciting finding that these little lemon sharks are able to pick up social cues from each other,” said lead author Dr. Tristan Guttridge of the University of Miami and managing director of the Bimini Biological Field Station.
Additionally, the study tested the behavior of the juveniles who had been previously been partnered with trained sharks to see if they could perform the same tasks on their own. They were able to complete a greater number of tasks than the juveniles who had been partnered with untrained sharks.
You can read more from the BBC here: Lemon sharks ‘learn’ skills by watching each other.
You can find the full paper in the journal Animal Cognition here: Social learning in juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris.
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