A group of American and Italian scientists recently painted a robotic fish to resemble a pregnant female zebra fish, then placed it in a tank of real zebra fish. Those fish all swam right up to it because fish are stupid. And I'm not just saying that because mine used to jump out of their tank and I'd find them dried up on the carpet, but if they were smart that have known how much that affected me and never have done it.
The feat is the latest milestone on a path to using autonomous robots in an open body of water to monitor and control fish behavior in order to protect them, according to the team.
"We would like to use these robots for guiding fish away from danger," Maurizio Porfiri, an engineer at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, told me today.
For example, the robots could be used to steer fish away from an oil spill, or lure invasive fish into a net, he said.
Ah yes, the old "steering fish away from oil spills" tactic. Hey -- you know what kind of oil is actually good for fish? Deep fryer oil. "Fish sticks?" Fish sticks, homey. I'll get the tartar.
Thanks to jimmy, who agrees all fish are stupid as shit except that one from The Little Mermaid. He was at least smart enough to hang out with Ariel all the time and probably got to see her without her seashells on.