Have You Ever Played Fetch With Your Goldfish?

Have You Ever Played Fetch With Your Goldfish?

Having the memory of a goldfish would actually be an upgrade for most other fish. Goldfish have been noted to remember things they are taught up to a year later, and will anticipate food if they are fed consistently at a certain time of day. Memory aside, goldfish are smarter than you may realize. Researchers have trained these fish to play fetch, push levers, do the limbo, and play a form of soccer. They can also recognize their owners, and can even pick a favorite (usually the one who feeds them). Goldfish have also exhibited signs of trust toward their masters, and will sometimes hide in the presence of strangers.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Researchers have successfully taught goldfish how to play fetch, push levers, do the limbo, and play a form of soccer. (0:26)

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    Goldfish have been shown to be able to recognize their masters, as well as pick a favorite. (0:47)

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    Researchers have taught carp to distinguish between classical music and blues music. (2:11)

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