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Nine-Spined Sticklebacks Named Geniuses of the Sea

Written by PETA | June 18, 2009 / CC

We know that fish sea kittens are intelligent. How about ingenious? Indeed!

According to recent findings published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, nine-spined sticklebacks are able to hone in on their best dining options simply by watching other fish. One of the authors of the study remarked that this makes the animals “geniuses of the fish world.”

Nine-spined sticklebacks have one up on yours truly. When I dine out, I have to visit to figure out where to go.

I do, however, live with a genius. Watch my best buddy, Charlie, pick his squeaky beer can toy, a gift from his Aunt Lisa, out of a lineup of toys.

Think your other-than-human friend can top that? Tell all in the comments section below!

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Ginger says:

    Nine Spined Stickleback was a band in Utah in the early 90’s…..funny you say that.

  • Herman says:

    Ninespined sticklebacks are freshwater fish. So how exactly are they “geniuses of the sea”?

  • elphaba says:

    The NineSpines Sticklebacks would be a great band name.

  • Jackie says:

    Can’t wait till the NineSpiked Sticklebacks come out with reviews of vegetarian cuisine!

  • pam says:

    Animals are well known for associating certain sounds with food. For example my cat when I fed him that processed garbage my bad for not knowing any better at the time of course would associate the can opener with an impending meal. Now that I serve him fresh food he comes running whenever I open the fridge. I do realize that is not an indicator of high intelligence. However kitty cannot be contained in a room as he has figured out how to open doors something many animals have not learned how to do. He also knows how to turn on the tv and not by accident either. I have witnessed him drag the remote to “his” spot on the couch and deliberately push the power button. My other cat may he rest in peace frequently conducted physics experiments by dropping different toys from different elevations and seeing how far they rolled or bounced once they hit the floor. Not only that but he did have opposable thumbs and did use is forepaws the same way a human would use their hands. He preferred to carry his toys in his paw and walk on three legs instead of carrying them in his mouth.

  • Joanna says:

    Do we really need to subject more animals to more ” lab testing” to understand that they are intelligent and feeling? anybody who has watched fish in their wild habitats will know they are extremely intelligent.