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Research shows goldfish can drive cars; Can piloting of sailboats be far behind?

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Can goldfish navigating sailboats be far behind?  (The twitter embedded video is amazing)


In research-speak:

From Fish Out of Water to New Insights on Navigation Mechanisms in Animals

Navigation is a critical ability for animal survival and is important for food foraging, finding shelter, seeking mates and a variety of other behaviors.... Here we push this idea to the limit by studying the navigation ability of a fish in a terrestrial environment.

For this purpose, we trained goldfish to use a Fish Operated Vehicle (FOV), a wheeled terrestrial platform that reacts to the fish’s movement characteristics, location and orientation in its water tank to change the vehicle’s; i.e., the water tank’s, position in the arena.

The fish were tasked to “drive” the FOV towards a visual target in the terrestrial environment, which was observable through the walls of the tank, and indeed were able to operate the vehicle, explore the new environment, and reach the target regardless of the starting point, all while avoiding dead-ends and correcting location inaccuracies.

These results demonstrate how a fish was able to transfer its space representation and navigation skills to a wholly different terrestrial environment, thus supporting the hypothesis that the former possess a universal quality that is species-independent.


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The first time I let my friend drive my new boat, he managed to broach to weather in a full Chinese jibe, complete with putting the mast in the water. Strangely impressive for an assy boat. 

Is the goldfish available to drive?

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