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Undercover Robofish Studies Fish Behavior

This underwater, undercover operation can only be done by one special fish.

stickleback

Photo: Frank Chan (flickr)

The robot is disguised to look just like a real fish, well at least real enough to trick the other fish!

Biotechnology just got sneakier.

A computer-operated model of a three-spined stickleback has been appropriately named Robofish. This robot is disguised to look just like a real stickleback — well, at least real enough to trick the other fish!

The point of this deception is for biologists to be able to learn more about the social behavior of these fish. But first, Robofish needs to be accepted as one of their own…

Read More:

  • Introducing Robofish: Leading the Crowd in Studying Group Dynamics (ScienceDaily)
  • Robofish Leads the Crowd to Open Up New Studies in Group Dynamics (BioscienceTechnology)
Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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