Sea Lion grooves with the music

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Ronan the sea lion prepares to groove.
(image by UC Santa Cruz PinnipedLab)
You can bet the Backstreet Boys and Earth, Wind and Fire never imagined they'd appeal to the Sea Lion demo, but a musical mammal is making waves by keeping to the beat in the name of science. If you think this is the only way a sea lion moves, watch her groove. Ronan's favorite song is definitely Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire, and fired up is what researcher Peter Cook is. She did not do this spontaneously; it took a lot of training. After almost a year and a half of study, researchers at long marine lab at UC Santa Cruz have published "a California sea lion can keep the beat." Now maybe you think 'big deal, "Any idiot can keep a beat," but sometimes it's hard even for humans. Scientists used to think only humans could keep a beat, but then a cockatoo named Snowball wowed the web, bopping to the Backstreet Boys. Research on Snowball showed birds with a talent for vocal...

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[[VID134]]A sea lion grooves to Earth, Wind and Fi... by Kyle McDermott on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28:26 PM