As it turns out, whales are capable of trading fishing secrets. In 1980, it was first observed
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As it turns out, whales are capable of trading fishing secrets. In 1980, it was first observed that a humpback whale was using a new technique of fishing, involving slapping its tail onto the surface of the ocean. Over the years, this behavior spread, and is now standard practice in that region. Computer programming has shown that it is highly unlikely this skill could have been learned independently, and is changing how scientists regard learned behavior in the animal kingdom.
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[Dee Offero] - woot monkey spear fishing!
[Peter Smith] - I have an animal cognition exam in two weeks. This just made it into my revision. Thanks!
[Julia Mariscal] - Awesome!!
[Kevin Lesniewski] - That's awesome!!
[Luli Martínez] - Maca Agrelo
[Ashley Bell] - Yes! Now go vegan!
[Teitur Gylfason] - Thar she jumps
[Megan McDonald] - Does this fit into the definition of culture?
[Teitur Gylfason] - Whales are not vegeterians
[JR Mike Sediq] - science at it's best at www.autosales.bz check us :)
[Nevi Moon] - Monkey see monkey do
[Joel Rouse] - "changing how scientists regard learned behavior in the animal kingdom." Well Duh animals learn new skills were proof of it
[Aleli Jane Rojas] - memaids! :p
[Doug Westerhoff] - Still the best thing on facebook
[Aaron Graham] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWLEvBg7jJU
[Tore Odiin] - I fucking love nature.
[Tristan Gian-Mari Chavez] - That's awesome
[Mitch Lopez] - Vegan? They're animals. Derp!
[Damien Starkiller] - Or maybe.. Just maybe in 1980 a human finally started to observe this creature a little more closely and discovered a hunting technique they'd been using for hundreds maybe even thousands of years...
[Daniel Baxter] - Eat meat.
[Mike Shawn Smith] - I understood whales did this as a way to knock the crustaions loose and also thats why they breached...
[Tristan Gian-Mari Chavez] - It's like they're acting like humans
[Colleen Louw] - In millenia to come this will be regarded as a part of whale evolution. How they changed their fishing technique to adapt to food sources changing.
[Aaron Graham] - Lots of animals besides humans have developed collective learning!
[Rigel Dyess-Hall] - It is immoral to kill sentient beings.
[Ryan Leudy] - 100th monkey effect?
[Ariana Feline-Wren BeyondRebellion] - Because whales are awesome.
[Louis Reilly-Willhight] - like teaching a dog? dogs teaching other dogs? i really wonder sometimes.
[Todd Ball] - If a whales tail slaps in the woods.... Never mind...
[Peter Ramírez] - they are evolving
[Diego Armando Calderon] - Who knew animals were capable of learned behavior (sarcasm)
[Jose A. Gallardo Diaz] - Study the theory of morphogenetic fieds of Rupert Sheldrake and you will get a good explanation for the whale behavior.
[Dennis Schultz] - This is like the family of killer whales that go onto the beach to hunt.They are the only ones who do it and it is passed down to the young.
[Poojan Thakrar] - What do computers have to do with this?
[Vespula Vulgaris] - Sammy Horsey...cool hey :)
[Murcia Doxial] - YOU DON'T SAY?!
[Stewart Meadows] - Scientists are idiots if they thought animals couldn't communicate their knowledge to each other...
[Laura Solliday] - Wow!!!
[Yiqing Wang] - There is intellgence in everything and everyone!
[Miguel Brandão] - this video are not related with the info in this post but i love it!
[Ethan Miller] - It's evolution, baby.
[Damien Starkiller] - Stupidity seems to be more common in humans than other animals... Yes fuck ur biology books you are still animals :) unless of course you believe in the bible.. If so keep it up the truth isn't much better hahaha ;)
[Robert E Hughes] - Seems whales learn faster than Creationist.
[Martinez Anthony] - So the photographer of the whale is named whit welles?
[Anthony Hill] - 100th monkey thing.
[Shannon Epperson] - Monkey see monkey do..... or in this case.... tis whales... lol
[Thew NeuroNautic] - while sheldrake's theory does indeed explain the transmission of behavior, occam's razor impels me to accept the simpler explanation of transmission of information through observation and learning
[Tony Johnson] - Culture
[David McGregor] - They are intelligant only takes one person to come up with an idea the rest copy look at us for example!!! dumb asses!!!
[Tara Zahn] - They are so amazing!
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[Dave Pson] - I saw dolphins use a method called sponging when looking for food along the bottom of the ocean to protect their noses from sharp rocks. They too learned this behavior from each other. It's amazing how they react to their own reflection too.
[James Hays] - Just because they don't speak human doesn't mean they aren't intelligent.
[Kripstien Mccreedy] - Evolution is amazing man!!
[Robeard Jorås] - Human language is also copying. Just saying.
[John Baker] - Whales, dolphins, probably a hell of a lot of other animals? Are PEOPLE.
[Reuben Baltimore] - Only huemans exclude themselves from the animal kingdom
[John Scattergood] - Only the arrogance of humans could assume that other mammals, indeed all creatures, are not capable of learned behaviour.
[Facts about The Universe and The Paranormal] - Fish Secrets? haha wow.
[Thomas Woods] - And don't forget whale poop...
[Lise Rode] - Goodbye and thanks for all the fish...or something like that ;)
[Monique Zenisky] - nobody fucking cares . why does it even matter this page is fucking stuped
[Priyanka W Shahheydari] - Mujoo apne din yaad hai, German professor.
[Autumn Olivia] - "This page is fucking stuped"
[Elisabeth Quillet] - The more I learn from animals the less I eat them.
[Gerik Zatorski] - This is pointless research. How many animals species show their young how to hunt? This isn't news
[Larry Young] - I'm not disagreeing but how do you know this particular whale is the one who started to use this particular method, perhaps it's been used for generations but simply hadn't been witnessed before now or by someone who felt the need to take note of it and record the action. I mean for what the action does, it seems a pretty effective way of fishing so it's probably been used for quite a while. But that's just my opinion
[Tristen Weaver] - Monique is fucking retarded lol
[Maria McEuen Ortiz] - Autumn- maybe she's being ironic?
[Korey McGee] - Whales kick ass. Quit eating them, JAPAN!
[Matthew Ravens] - It's no surprise that developed creatures have similar tendencies and practices. We allow ourselves to be confused by nature because our social narratives consistently try to justify how we are different. One we get passed that and understand that we are all made of the same stuff, facts like these become much less surprising.
[Emmanuel Wallace] - I bet Monique thinks Noah had 2 whales on his arc.......
[Joann Ramirez] - Sam Jaime
[Nicholas Stabinski] - hey monique, cool selfie!
[Joshua Eric Turcotte] - Hell, if dolphins can teach themselves the concept of money (and demonstrate a sense of future planning), there's no reason to presume their cousins can't also do nifty things
[Brian Reynolds] - I am a commercial fisherman out of New Bedford, MA. In June of last year I had seen a mother and baby humpback breach multiple times, then the mother was slapping the water like that. I thought she was calling the baby, but maybe that's what she was doing. The beauties of nature.
[Vijay Rajan] - By the way some of the comments go here, it is a wonder Humans can even study anything at all. So I say cheers to those who are studying such stuff!
[Joshua Eric Turcotte] - There appear to be quite a number of people engaging in the caring activity here
[Monique Zenisky] - look i found a whale giv me a bunch of likes on a pic wow
[Stephen Monday] - So, whales are more capable of thought and learning (taking another whale's advise) than most humans?
[Jeff Craft] - Whenever I'm fishing down here in Louisiana, you can see porpoises slapping their tails onto the water to kill and daze small schools of shrimp and small fish.
[Ab Garant] - Monique is out of the slammer?!?!
[Dave Pson] - Dude.. That chick monique is in hall for cooking meth lmao.. Check her page! Stuped lolol
[Dave Pson] - *jail
[Autumn Olivia] - I usually don't "stalk" random people but after viewing Monique's page I have a hard time thinking she even knows what irony is. Dumb people can be entertaining sometimes, then it just turns to pity.
[Christopher Martin] - Or the sun.
[Steve Ma] - What I learned today: Monique is a cheeky, attention-seeking cunt.
[Robert Kinlzer] - ^ Someone is ignorant/unappreciative. : / Perhaps both.
[Danielle Schneider] - That Monique is an absolute moron!
[Robert Kinlzer] - Previous comment was pretating to Monique.
[Michael Newman] - of course they learn...
[Andrew Jordan Isnor] - its kind of like when that one monkey learned how to use a stick to get termites and suddenly they all knew
[James Wilson] - Couldn't it also be Darwinism?
[Brad Nebauer] - Me Monique and me little brain can't comprehend science. Go back to church, you looney lol.
[Kasaundra Marry Anna Layman] - How cool. Animals are a lot more intuitive then we think they are. I love how science continues to reinforce these ideas with examples from so many different species.
[Melissa Watson] - Lol Autumn! I just did the same. Monique - Ms Moe, posting from prison I see? Did you think this page would give you a better method for cooking the meth you've been locked up for?
[Benjamin Carlson] - Man, it's a whale party today.
[Björn Ringholm] - Monique Zenisky, no one force you to come here, if you don't like it, leave.
[Shannon Mary Warszawa] - Bullcrap - everyone knows that fishermen never share working techniques.
[John Scattergood] - Is that because everyone likes the Whale thingy more than you Monique Zenisky? Never mind. It's obviously a lot cleverer than you because it's able to adapt it's behaviour for it's own benefit. Something that you're probably incapable of :)
[Autumn Olivia] - Brad! Your occupation made me spit out my pop!! "Unofficial CEO of the sane at Telling religious people they're morons"
Best. Facebook. Job. Ever.
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[Ramsey Botelho] - It's tantamount to culture. Years ago in my evolutionary bio class I wrote about how there's only one species of orca with no subspecies - it's Orcinus orca. Yet they're differentiated as transients and residents. Transients are quiet and feed on marine mammals while residents are noisy and feed mostly on fish. If it's learned behavior passed on from generation to generation, how is it not culture?
[Robert Kinlzer] - Melissa - Just..... Lol.
[Jordan Louis] - Sorry, I care and am interested. :)
[Gauge Elot Wiley] - Why are all the completely crappily thought out hate comments about people's intelligence? Seems kinda ironic...
[Nick Adams] - I fucking love whales
[Kate Sholl] - Who cares about the meth? This is about how intelligent whales are. Be awed, not petty.
[Jennifer Cullen] - Most whales are more intelligent than Monique.
[Jennifer Cullen] - I fucking love whales, too!
[Ricardo A. Guevara] - Yikes...hater-ville occupants posts :(..its just an FYI...geeeez!!
[Dustin Ramer] - That Monique girl is n jail for meth. Seems like her mother is the idiot that commented
[Keiron Phillips] - Fucking whales, stealing our fish...
[Jacob Livingston] - This is the most entertaining comment thread I've read in a long while! :-D
[Joe Arena] - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2139619/So-long-thanks-fish-Dolphins-help-Brazilian-fisherman-catch-prey-swim-whats-them.html
[Willy Thurston] - How is that meth working out for you Monique. Sounds like your mother is as much if a fucking idiot as you!! Let me guess you don't know your father and your mother thinks your a angel? Have fun in jail loser!!
[Melissa Louise Penney] - The hundrdth monkey experiment explains this further.
[Kaitlyn Bouvy] - isn't it so cool when animals do people things? /sarcasm/
[Jennifer Cullen] - I bet the whales teaching their children are better parents than Monique's mom.
Bahaha I'm sorry guys, I know I'm trolling. I'm done.
[Mandy Margaret] - It surprises me that it still surprises anyone that animals are capable of learning new things from other animals.
[Joshua Hillenberg] - Where did the other comments go
[Noel Ambriz] - super cool!
[Vicky Lloyd] - Rich Llo
[Joshua Hillenberg] - What was Monique's last name
[Benjamin Service] - Wtf. All the comments dissapeared. Moniques thinks she is Heisenburg
[Jennifer Cullen] - They're still on my page?
[Jennifer Cullen] - Zenisky?
[Joshua Hillenberg] - I know right I was gonna check her page and poof it was gone ...who has the last name?
[William Grayson] - So basically...evolution...xD
[William Grayson] - My conclusion; Whales are pokemon
[Jordan Louis] - So we have a moral imperative to catch them all?
[David M. Culver III] - Couldn't that haven't been common practice before a human saw it???
[Ben Kowalski] - Maddy Montgomery This made me think of you :D
[Steve Graff] - That's very interesting, and I don't doubt that it's true. However, saying that "computer programming" has shown that this behavior is unlikely to have been developed independently is kind of silly. The "computer programming" is only as good as all of the data that went into it, and the methods used to arrive at a conclusion from that data. Maybe I'm splitting hairs here, but computers are not magical devices that churn out answers from on high.
[Kelsey Pord] - Monique clearly doesn't fucking love science.
[Claire Lara] - Look at that big mofo! That thing is *alive*! AND IT COULD EAT ANY OF US WHOLE EVEN THOUGH IT'D BE AN ACCIDENT BECAUSE THEY DON'T EAT THAT WAY!! /easilyimpressed
[Rachael Farley] - I like whales and I fucking love science!
[Will Dean] - I've been convinced for quite some time that a number of other species have culture. Dolphins/whales at the top of the list and there are clues among some birds and some apes as well.
[Joseph Bishop] - Let me assure you Kate, meth is not petty.
[Paul Podany] - "why is it so hard for a Juggalette
To find her prince juggalo?"
(quote from Monique's page)
I think it might be a good idea to
Have this one spayed before she
Really jacks up the gene pool
[Jae Grady] - Know what I like about whales? Fucking everything.
[Karen Russell] - You sure the "spread of the behaviour" is not more due to our increase in observations? How do we know they haven't always done this? Just curious.... ! Interesting!
[Kathleen Gilluly] - Why is it so hard for us to acknowledge intelligence in other animals?
[Nick Dodson] - I thought we already knew this with how research has shown how monkeys teach and learn from each other?
[Ricardo Ortiz] - Monique weren't you in jail for cooking meth?
[Shauna Koppang] - Cool!
[Ciara Barron] - I don't know who Monique is but it sounds like she fucked up.
[Michael P. Schlaile] - Evolution by Imitation. A thing Gabriel Tarde already "knew" in 1921...
[Alijan Khan] - Killer whales/orcas have been observed teaching hunting techniques to young orcas. Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are the smartest creature after man.
[Diana Lara Fitzgerald] - Duh.
[Brandon Blair] - Is it learned behavior through simple observation or intelligent communication?
[Jessica Huber] - That's terrifying
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[Brittany Noble] - I <3 humpbacks
[Freddie Andrade] - Daniel Bogre Udell Whale language!
[Michael Courville] - Intelligent communication. For sure.
[Elizabeth Tabatabai] - I don't understand why it's so difficult to acknowledge intelligence and learning behavior in other animals. I mean chimpanzees go on perimeter patrols and make tools and people are still trying to say they have no cognitive ability.
[Bruce Blunt] - Sea organism are far more intelligent than mankind. They have learned to keep there world in balance with out trying to destroy everything they touch. Plus they have to put up with our bill too.
[Jessica McDonald] - This is used as a means of stunning the fish temporarily, correct? I believe dolphins do the same thing with their tails when their prey are in waters that are too shallow.
[Jason Millward] - Cap'n, there be whales here!
[Erik Cordova] - Certain schools of Orca- Killer Whales have learned how to kill Great White sharks by flipping them over on their back until the become catatonic, it won't be long until they learn how to hunt humans.
[Samuel Puckett III] - @Bruce Blunt Your statement is exactly why I read the comments on these posts... To laugh my high functioning monkey ass off :)
[Mitchell Thomas Seibel] - They're gonna go extinct.
[Linda Yandt Pincus] - Where's Captain Ahab when you need him?
[Martin Bradshaw] - The probe aimed its transmission at earths oceans. Only human arrogance would assume the message was meant for them.
Star Trek IV .
[Shakib Hikmat] - Whales are everywhere these days, they've even spread to the ocean.
[Michael Jasper Rozsa] - The photo was taken by the Great White Welle! Related to Moby?
[Erich Braun] - Those smart ass Muthas
[Johnathan Rains] - this just in sometimes the biggest difference between us and the other animals is our thumbs. and water is wet
[D Antonio Rocha] - Its like the hundredth monkey effect.
[Jacob Smith] - Im with Samuel the 3rd^^^
[Sean Powers] - Your with him? ^
[Sean Powers] - Homo
[Mark Gallagher] - So basically you just post trivia and get billions of likes. How much money are you making?
[Sheila Mansfield-volner] - INTERESTING???
[Ausar Heru'realniggod Barashango] - According to science these are our true ancestors wish they would share with us the real science on creatures meaning how we truly relate to one another....for example a parrot and a squirrel has so much in common with humans it an irrefutable observation
[Monique Zenisky] - hate on me bc hata make me famis bitches. really y are all of u stalkeng my page i dont get it fuck off n mind ur biz about whales
[Willy Thurston] - You can't even spell correctly!! Get an education you dumb bitch!!
[Jenny Bean] - I taught them
[Shanna Yule] - Awesome. I wish I would have gone into marine biology like I dreamed. Nature is so amazing. :)
[Noj LS Crox] - Monkey see, monkey do. Its basic evolution.
[Natasha Kamo Rivera] - ^^ except it isn't evolution, it's adaptation.
[Mish Wyndham] - There are dolphins that live in the port river in Adelaide that have learnt how how to tail walk! Apparently years ago a dolphin that was from a marine zoo was released in there and they have all learnt how to do it
[Vincent Ward] - But... Adaptation leads to evolution.....
[Bean Snebbig] - ^^ except it isn't adaptation; it is learning ;)
[Isabel Sanchez] - They also can moonwalk... Lol;)
[Sheila Mansfield-volner] - INCREDIBLE!!!
[Tom Jennings] - Shot down, not once, but twice! Would you like some cream for that burn Vincent? ;)
[Melissa Mingle] - thats really cool!
[Amanda Ryal-Mason] - Why are scientists "surprised" that animals think, share and have a sense of self?!
[Tiff Lynn] - It's a collective conscience. Just like the hundredth monkey.
[Lauren Ozdowski] - Stephanie Black Save the whales
[Judith Greer Essex] - It's always so disappointing that we are surprised, that creatures who were here LONG before us can think and feel.
[Kim May Knapp] - Now that we know they communicate, think, feel, and learn from each other, how about we declare their sentience and stop hunting them?
[Sara Gepp] - Animals are people to!!
[Patrick T. Stingley] - Amazing. In all those millions of years, whales waited till the last 30 years to discover slapping their tails.
Either they're not that intelligent, or intelligence is relative.
[Ferenc Szabó] - Dolphins call each other by names. Each dolphin has a specific sound to be called by the others and they call each other independently. I suspect the whales aren't dumber either. It would be time to declare them persons, as individuals. We can "get by" just fine without using anything that could come from a dead whale or dolphin.
[Jonathon Benton] - Oh, and the pod ate the shark.
[Trenton Mitchell] - I'm guessing they are more likely learning easier ways to adapt around humans.
[Christelle Hoch] - I fucking love whales
[Anthony Ferguson] - I thought that was called evolution...
[Matthew Canning] - Only if it's hereditary. This seems more like learned behaviour.
[Bruno Franchini] - Computer programming?! Or a computer simulation?
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