Wednesday, February 04, 2004
The fishing industry has branched off into catering From the AP : "Sperm whales have the largest brain of any animal and some in the Gulf of Alaska are proving it at mealtimes: letting humans do all the work. Researchers are now investigating what commercial fisherman have long noticed, that the whales have learned to pluck sablefish off hooks attached to their long fishing lines. "They somehow just pick them off like grapes," said fisherman Dick Curran, who has fished the gulf's deep waters for decades. "I don't know how they do it." A few things: Gary Larson could probably do a great job with this. It also reminds me of the crows who have learned to drop nuts on busy streets so cars can break the shells. More than that, crows have also learned to drop nuts at traffic lights so they have time to pick through the goodies before the traffic starts up again. Don't look now, but your cat is watching you.