This is so interesting ! I love how the Mom bird is right there. My goodness that little baby robin has a big mouth for such a tiny little thing
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What an amazing thing this is very cute and also smart! I loved the video …
Ronan, a 3-year-old sea lion, demonstrated her ability to bob to the beat in six experiments led by doctoral candidate Peter Cook at the Long Marine Lab at UCSC.
“Dancing is universal among humans, and until recently, it was thought to be unique to humans as well,” said Cook. “When some species of birds were found to have a similar capability for rhythmic movement, it was linked to their ability to mimic sound. Now we’re seeing that even mammals with limited vocal ability can move in time with a beat over a broad range of sounds and tempos.”
Ronan’s first musical “dance” lesson was to the tune of a simplified section of John Fogerty’s “Down on the Corner,” the study said. Once Ronan was trained to bob her head to music, the researchers tested her with two pop songs, “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys, and “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Without any prior exposure to the songs, Ronan was able to bob to the beat of both songs over the course of multiple trials, according to the study. She then showed that she could follow along to five different tempos of “Boogie Wonderland.”
Ronan’s bobbing skills markedly improved over the course of the trials and apparently endured, the study found. The researchers gave her a follow-up test a few weeks after the final session and she was successful in keeping the beat with each of the sounds previously used, maintaining a minimum of 60 consecutive bobs to each of the various beats.
At the beginning of the experiments, Ronan was first trained to move in time to a hand signal, which was replaced by a simple non-musical sound signal. When she successfully completed tests by bobbing her head to various rhythmic sounds, she was rewarded with a fish, the study said.
The researchers varied the types and speed of the sounds to verify that she was actually following the rhythm by bobbing her head. To rule out that she wasn’t simply bobbing her head in response to the previous beat, they tested her using two computer-generated, metronome-like ticks — one that did not miss a beat and the other that did. Ronan kept the beat going even when the metronome missed a beat, according to the study.
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It seems humans aren’t the only ones to be plagued by a hectic commute every day.
A stunning new time-lapse video has shed some light on the dark seabed – showing a chaotic scene, reminiscent of our rush hour, as starfish bump into each other while they appear to dart across the seabed.
The starfish are known as one of the most common creatures found on the seabed but are hardly ever spotted moving.