(AFP) — Goldfish may have short memories but, according to an Israeli university study, they might be able to drive.
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that a goldfish’s innate navigational abilities allowed it to steer a robotic vehicle towards a terrestrial target if given a food reward.
To conduct their unusual experiment, the team placed a fish tank on a set of motorised wheels.
A camera system then recorded the fish’s movements in the water and translated it into navigational directions — effectively moving the contraption in the direction where the fish bumped up against the glass.
In a video released by the university, the fish can be seen “driving” the vehicle toward a visual target, a colourful mark