It’s not that the fish copy each other’s answers (they’re in school after all). It’s more that fish live something of a meritocracy.
A male emperor angelfish lives together with up to five female mates. If the emperor angelfish dies, one of the females turns into a male fish and becomes the leader of the group.
The fish seem to figure out whose summa is the laud-est and they follow that fish. This is the opposite of lemmings who (according to legend) follow whatever fuzzy tail is in front of them.
Scientists figured out the fish thinking thing by giving individual fish choices about which way to swim and then giving groups of fish choices. Turns out individual fish are more likely to pick the “Become a filet o’ fish” lane and groups of fish are more likely to pick the “This way to the plankton pool” path.
Human children do not necessarily behave this way. Human adults do not necessarily behave this way.
Which leads me to wonder if perhaps fish are smarter than humans…
This is an odd thing to wonder since fish have pretty small brains compared to their body size (compared to other animals) which may have something to do with why they rely on the fish with the most smarticles.
Jellyfish aren’t fish. I don’t think very highly of jellyfish. But you knew that.
Fish in the middle of the school control the movement of the school. Think of them as the principal or the most popular teacher.
The term “fish” is used when referring to one species of fish (e.g., 10 salmon are 10 fish). The term “fishes” is used when referring to more than one species (e.g., 10 salmon, 3 trout, and 1 angel fish are 14 fishes). The term “fishies” is used when talking to a small child. The term “dinner” is used when referring to fish found in the supermarket.
Here’s to a day that’s not fishy.