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Re: [APD] Fishy Style Swimming

Well, that seems to me a reasonable guess, 
Those are awfully small, young fish to have lived long enough to have undergone the training necessary for that kind of synchronized swimming. It's not just that that they swim in certain directions on command but *they synchronize* AND on command they synchronize in diff patterns! Even if someone got one or two fish that were that trainable after trying thousands and thousands, what are the odds that a person could identify and train 4 in the short amount of time those fish have been alive. Training 4 dolphins is tough enough, and the routines have to be kept up repeatedly 7 days a week.
This is very localized control. Iron filings in the feed, or small pellet magnets as Mike suggests, seems like very likely methods.
Lobsters tell "up from down" by seeing the horizon and by the the gravitational pressure of sand that the work into certain parts of their bodies. Mix in iron fillings inthe sand, and put a magnet over the tank and the lobster will try to right istelf by trying to turn upside down. I'm not recommending this as a fair treatment for animals, but just to point out that with a little magnetism, one can really mess around with small animals.

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----- Original Message ----
From: Mike Wickham <mewickham at compuserve_com>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 1:05:02 AM
Subject: Re: [APD] Fishy Style Swimming

> I have watched it about 6 more times today myself....lol.    I just have 
> to
> wonder how he trained those fish!

Hi, Terry!

I don't think the fish are trained at all. It looks to me like it was done 
with magnets. It would be easy to stick a magnet down the fishes' throats, 
and then have someone hidden under the table use another magnet to move the 
fish around. The poles of the magnets would keep the fish pointing in the 
direction desired. If you look closely, you can see the fish skimming-- even 
dragging-- the bottom and the swimming motion looks unnatural. Fantail 
goldfish wag their bodies when they swim. These fish don't wag. They are 
being pulled along by an unseen force.

Mike Wickham

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