Friday, May 23, 2008

Fish Get Schooled, Become Awesome Athletes

GIBSONIA, Pa. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sounds fishy, but goldfish can become awesome athletes.

Dean Pomerleau has created the R2 Fish School Training Kit, which teaches people how to train their little swimmers to do extraordinary tricks like play soccer, kick a field goal, and play fetch.

Pomerleau uses a process of positive reinforcement to train his fishies, rewarding them with food when they successfully complete a task.

He says, “Fish are a lot smarter than people realize. They can learn really sophisticated behavior. When people see what my fish can do, they’re floored.”

Through his work, Pomerleau hopes to raise awareness on fish welfare because they’re often neglected.

He also has big ideas for other tricks he’d like to teach his fish.

He explains, “I’m excited for my fish to do big tasks that would have real world benefits. The Navy can use them to detect underwater mines or do other work.”

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