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Water-Spitting Fish Identifies Human Faces | National Geographic ctm magazine

In a recent study, archerfish identified human faces by squirting water at the correct image on a screen. In the wild, archerfish use their spit cannons to knock insects and other prey into the water to eat. But in the lab, scientists used food to train these fish to use their spitting abilities to help us better understand animal cognition. The study revealed that archerfish could be trained to recognize a 3D rendering of a human face. In the study, the archerfish received food when it spat water at the correct face. The fish were mostly able to recognize the faces when they were rotated by 30, 60, and 90 degrees. The study showed that fish are capable of performing complex tasks in similar ways to animals with larger brains. It turns out that fish can do a lot of things that most people wouldn’t think they could.
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  • Jp Nicolas on October 29, 2018

    Cute 😍😂

  • This Little Lab on October 29, 2018

    How's this possible? They don't even have eyebrows!

  • n. p. on October 29, 2018

    I really don't see a huge difference in the faces besides shading…..

  • Primalxbeast on October 29, 2018

    My personal study revealed that humans aren't better at recognizing things when the views are rotated at odd angles. The faces are easy enough at any angle, but it was a bit hard to tell where everything else was in relation to other things in the picture. Did we really have to be under the fish?

  • CrankyPants on October 29, 2018

    How was that a test? It was the bottom one every time. That isn't facial feature recognition. It's spit at the bottom spot every time and get a treat.

  • Project GJ on October 29, 2018

    That is crazy !!!

  • MoveOn on October 29, 2018

    WTF is this ?

  • Franco Lenin on October 29, 2018

    If we can recognise them, why not they?

  • iloveplayingpr on October 29, 2018

    It really fascinates me how the Archer Fish always adjusts itself according to get a good look at the face, really interesting and fun to see 😀

  • John Markton Diana on October 29, 2018

    That fish is now a threat to humanity's survival!

  • AdLibby on October 29, 2018

    This is the cutest study I’ve ever seen. You go, tiny spitting fishy!

  • EPSTomcat11 on October 29, 2018

    Show the fish Donald Trump

  • Anand G on October 29, 2018

    Can we describe this as "sensation" or "perception"🤔

  • Taslim Chaudhary on October 29, 2018

    Amazing 🇮🇳

  • National Geographic on October 29, 2018

    This recent study revealed that archerfish could be trained to recognize a 3D rendering of a human face. To learn more, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2NLWeHz

  • STONEDCOLDCHILLER K on October 29, 2018

    What is the point tho?

  • Gillen Noel De Guzman on October 29, 2018

    This is why in 2060 theres no doubt that human went extinct and animals won the food chain

  • Jelani Wood on October 29, 2018

    That fish's name is Rondo. Click Thumbs Up here if you get that reference.

  • Niya on October 29, 2018

    This is amazing!
    I used to have a pet beta fish. I trained her to do a kinda dance by going to places in the tank. 🙂
    I love fish.

  • Aries Salvador on October 29, 2018

    we'all know that this video is scripted right?

  • Koray on October 29, 2018

    Also, dogs can detect intestine cancer much better than machines can!

  • Tess W on October 29, 2018

    Maybe part of the fish's instinct is to recognize 3D objects, regardless of what they are… since it spits at 3D insects to knock them into the water? Not sure this means thry recognize faces.

  • anshul kumar on October 29, 2018

    Ok how do they taste?

  • allocater2 on October 29, 2018

    I don't get it. Both of those faces look CGI. I wouldn't know at which to spit. Fish is smarter than me.

  • John Hoover on October 29, 2018

    That doesnt surprise me,i have an aquarium,and when i walk by they swim to the top,but only when i come near it,because i feed them im guessing so that tells you they are capable of recognizing faces

  • Ilovesesshomaru sama on October 29, 2018

    After watching a catfish willingly drink beer nothing surprises me. Have you ever been to an aquarium? The fish look at you like they're analyzing your soul. So I'm not so shocked.

  • John Stewart on October 29, 2018

    Several human faces I’d like to spit at! Hey, was that a picture of Jim Acosta? Good fish….

  • chaseinyourface87 on October 29, 2018

    My cat does not approve.

  • Perry Robles on October 29, 2018

    Interesting, but so what?

  • heather dane sinina on October 29, 2018

    Wanna see them train a goldfish in every 3 seconds..

  • Food Defender on October 29, 2018

    Probably! But i think the fish recognises a figure that previously wasn’t there.

  • Karmic Wheel on October 29, 2018

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  • Chucklebot_3000 on October 30, 2018

    Huh… Fish are more intelligent than previously thought?

  • Glorious Pink on October 30, 2018

    spit on him my bruddas!!!

    cluck intensified

  • vasalem on October 30, 2018

    scientists. taking us to the moon and making fish spit on human faces.

  • Cyrano De Bergerac on October 30, 2018

    You can see from comments that humans are so arrogant…

  • Andrii Povkh on October 30, 2018

    Trained on Donald Trump face?

  • agthaog1986 on October 30, 2018

    Well woopty doo. I mean it looked like he got a couple of those in the end wrong anyway. Im good at telling things apart but this…..its an erperimemt os all

  • Roy Godiksen on October 30, 2018

    Training fish to spit in peoples faces…

  • Djone Tan on October 31, 2018

    ok.. next time put putin's face and donald trump's face.. which face this fish will spit.

  • A Veson on October 31, 2018

    Did they test it with other images?

  • Scrub Lord Kyle on November 1, 2018


  • Timo Tio on November 1, 2018

    ok after your phone recognizes you (iPhone X) and your fish also recognizes you

  • Lokanje Loka on November 1, 2018

    The fish spit only on faces which are on the right eye.

  • Luke's Dead Trim Man on November 1, 2018

    Or maybe he was like “Hey. If I keep spitting on. That. Side I get food”

  • SueDunMc - 5019 on November 1, 2018

    Lol… these comments are all so funny, and spot on! 😂😂😂

  • Black widow on November 3, 2018

    Ohh so this is why that catfish slapped me in the face with it’s tail when I was a kid.

  • K. P. on November 7, 2018

    Holy Jupiter!

  • OneMoreSOB on November 17, 2018


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