Social learning in Lemon sharks

14 September 2012

A study conducted by the Bimini Biological Field Station showed that Lemon sharks have the ability to learn from each other's behaviour.

The research team compared the performance of inexperienced juvenile sharks working with both trained and untrained partners. The results showed that sharks working with trained partners could complete tasks more quickly and successfully.

Social learning has already been widely demonstrated among other species and animal groups including corvids, chimps and bats. But the study is thought to be the first to demonstrate social learning in any cartilaginous fish.

The biologists now hopes to better understand the processes that lemon sharks use to learn from each other.