#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 3rd, 2014 18:14
#2 By: Tim, February 3rd, 2014 18:28
Don't forget the sawfish, hammerhead, powerscrewdriverfish…
#3 By: Cary, February 3rd, 2014 18:40
They probably can't even tuna instrument.
Cod, that was so bad I got a haddock.
#4 By: Dioptase, February 3rd, 2014 19:13
That explains the fish ponds at Home Depot.
#5 By: kenmce, February 3rd, 2014 19:44
The article is deceptively labeled. The fish has a bead stuck onto its back and it learns that if it brushes its bead against another bead on a hanging string it can release food pellets.
From the fishes point of view there are no tools involved, it just brushes its back against something and food falls from the sky.
#6 By: Immutable Michael, February 3rd, 2014 19:52
Came expecting puns; left satisfied.
#7 By: , February 3rd, 2014 20:46
Tools: no longer something to carp about.
#8 By: Mister44, February 4th, 2014 00:38
They appear to be - betta - testing these new tools.
Seriously though, I do think there is a difference between using an object as a tool - pickup up a rock, stick, bone, etc - and actually forming a tool out of said rock/stick/bone. Am I correct that only us advanced hominids (homo sapiens, Neanderthals, etc) are the the ones who actually MAKE tools.
#9 By: jbg, February 4th, 2014 01:17
Birds are pretty smart, especially Corvids. Unless you have to forge the steel to count as making a tool, this bird does an amazing job of recognizing the problem and fashioning a tool to solve it:
Heck, just figuring out how to use a crevice as a "vise" to hold the wire while it makes the tool is pretty impressive and it doesn't even have to "think" about doing that.
#11 By: Cary, February 4th, 2014 11:48
Some of the great apes purposely prune branches/etc so that they work best for the task at hand.
There is actually a dedicated page on tool use:
Tool use by animals
#12 By: Jonas Eggeater, February 4th, 2014 11:51
#13 By: Cary, February 4th, 2014 11:57
Flashbacks to listening to Dr. Demento on Sunday night when I was supposed to be sleeping...
#14 By: Jhertzli, February 5th, 2014 01:06
In a related story some fish have "six-pack abs." If they can also use tools, don't even think of trying to catch them. Those fish will come aboard your boat and put a hook through your mouth.
#15 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 8th, 2014 18:14
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