First ever photos of a wild fish using a tool

Tools are used by some animals, particularly primates, to perform simple tasks such as getting food or grooming. Originally thought to be a skill only possessed by humans, tool use requires some level of intelligence.

A professional diver has captured the first images of a wild fish using a tool.

Scott Gardner was exploring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef when he heard a banging sound from the sea floor.

He swam down to take a look and was amazed to see a blackspot tuskfish – Choerodon schoenleinii – holding a clam in its mouth and hitting it against a rock.

After a short while, the shell broke and the fish ate the bivalve inside. Learn more here, here or here.


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