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Article: Manta rays are first fish to recognize themselves in a mirror

 

 

They did not show signs of social interaction with the image, which is what you would expect if they perceived it to be another individual. Instead, the rays repeatedly moved their fins and circled in front of the mirror (click on image below to see one in action). This suggests they could see whether their reflection moved when they moved. The frequency of these movements was much higher when the mirror was in the tank than when it was not.

 

 

The rays also blew bubbles in front of the mirror, behavior that Ari had not observed in the rays before.

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