Forget what you know: Fish have a memory that lasts much more than three seconds and are capable of deception and learning, say Australian researchers.
Dr Kevin Warbuton, an adjunct researcher at the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University in Albury, New South Wales has been studying fish for more than three decades and says they’re much better at memory than we give them credit for.
Warbuton’s research has been focused on Australian freshwater fish, particularly in southeast Queensland.
He says the idea that fish have a short memory is wrong.
“It’s absolute rubbish,” says Warbuton. “There’s been a lot of work done over the last 15 years on learning and memory in fish and it has been found that fish are quite sophisticated.
“Fish can remember prey types for months; they can learn to avoid predators after being attacked once and they retain this memory for several months.”
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