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Are Dolphins Math Whizzes?
2012-07-18 16:42:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dolphins can perform complex math equations when hunting, suggesting that these animals are far more skilled mathematically than scientists had previously given them credit for, according  to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A. The inspiration for the study came after lead author Tim Leighton, of the University of Southampton, watched an episode of Blue Planet on the Discovery Channel....

2012-06-19 23:12:26

Individuals in some species learn information about food, predators, and potential mates indirectly from conspecifics, without taking unnecessary risks by learning directly for themselves (℠social learning´).  Sarah Zala and Dustin Penn from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna investigated whether zebrafish use social learning to assess risk (℠boldness/shyness´ behavior). They found that wild zebrafish, which are...

2012-06-08 10:18:59

A bioinspired robot has provided the first experimental evidence that live zebrafish can be influenced by engineered robots. Results published today, 8 June, in IOP Publishing's journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, provide a stepping stone on the path to using autonomous robots in an open environment to monitor and control fish behavior. In the future, water-based robots could potentially contribute to the protection of endangered animals and the control of pest species. The...

Robot Fish Sniffs Out Underwater Pollution
2012-05-23 04:35:13

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com The latest advancement in pollution-seeking technology looks like a fish and swims like a fish, but gathers data like a robot. These pollution-hungry robot fish are the product of research from British BMT Group and SHOAL research and are now be studied as they swim the seas of Gijon, Spain. Luke Speller – who plays dual roles as SHOAL Project Leader and Senior Research Scientist for BMT Group – said of the research: “SHOAL has...

2012-05-03 18:55:26

Changing the conditions that zebrafish are kept in could have an impact on their behavior in animal studies and the reliability of results, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. Zebrafish, like rats and mice, are often used by neuroscientists to explore mechanisms controlling behavior and in the search for new compounds to treat behavioral disease such as addiction, attention deficit disorders or autism. It is known that housing and handling affects the results...

Prey Distribution, Not Biomass, Key To Marine Food Chain
2012-05-03 03:30:03

A new study has found that each step of the marine food chain is clearly controlled by the trophic level below it — and the driving factor influencing that relationship is not the abundance of prey, but how that prey is distributed. The importance of the spatial pattern of resources — sometimes called “patchiness” — is gaining new appreciation from ecologists, who are finding the overall abundance of food less important than its density and ease of access to...

2012-04-23 13:34:42

Team of female scientists develop sophisticated numerical model to study larval behavior, fill ecological gap The behavior of marine larvae is central to fully understanding and modeling the pelagic (open ocean) stage for many coastal organisms. For the first time, a numerical study conducted by the University of Miami (UM) incorporates horizontal larval fish navigation skills into realistic 3D flow fields, creating a powerful tool that spells out how larvae use environmental cues to find...

2012-04-03 09:01:40

A task force that conducted one of the most comprehensive analyses of global “forage fish” populations issued its report this week, which strongly recommends implementing more conservative catch limits for these crucial prey species. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force calls for the harvest reduction of sardines, anchovies and other forage fish so that they can continue to serve as critical prey for larger species, including salmon, cod and tuna, as well as for dolphins, whales,...

2012-04-02 15:41:53

Forage fish twice as valuable in the water as in the net Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in half globally to account for their critical role as food for larger species, recommends an expert group of marine scientists in a report released today. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force conducted the most comprehensive worldwide analysis of the science and management of forage fish populations to date. Its report, "Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a...

2012-04-02 06:21:45

Forage Fish Twice as Valuable in the Water as in the Net WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in half globally to account for their critical role as food for larger species, recommends an expert group of marine scientists in a report released today. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force conducted the most comprehensive worldwide analysis of the science and management of forage fish populations to...


Latest Shoaling and schooling Reference Libraries

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2008-10-16 17:53:14

The Obtuse Barracuda (Sphyraena obtusata) is a member of the barracuda family Sphyraenidae. It is found in tropical oceans of the world. It has a length of up to 21.5 inches long. It is an elongated fish with widely separated dorsal fins. The back is greenish and the underside is silver with three unclear dark brown longitudinal bands, two above and one below the lateral line. Its snout is pointed and has a large mouth filled with sharp, widely spaced teeth. The Obtuse Barracuda is a...

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2007-04-03 00:29:38

The Atlantic herring, Clupea harengus, is the one of the most abundant species of fish on the planet. They can be found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean congregating together in large schools (or swarms). They can grow up to 17.72 in (45 cm) in length and weigh more than 1.1 lb (0.5 kg). They feed on copepods, krill and small fish, and their natural predators are seals, whales, cod and other larger fish. The Atlantic herring fishery has long been an important part of the economy of New...

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2007-03-12 19:58:49

The Blue runner (Caranx crysos) is a fish found along the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean, mostly in the inland waters of the east coast of North America and the west coast of Africa. The fish has a rounded body shape and can grow to up to 27.56 in (70cm) long and weigh more than 11 lb (5kg). The body is silvery blue in color with a large eye. Blue runners are known as very fast and aggressive fish, traveling in schools and eating smaller fish and invertebrates. Schools may also pick...

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