SANTA CRUZ (CBS) – A sea lion at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory is making headlines for her dancing ability.
Scientists at the lab trained the sea lion – named Ronan – to bob her head in time with rhythmic sounds. They then showed that she could transfer this skill to tempos and music she hadn’t heard before.READ MORE: 2 Killed in Separate Shootings Saturday in San Francisco Potrero Hill Neighborhood
UCSC officials said Ronan is the first non-human mammal convincingly shown to be able to keep the beat.READ MORE: Saturday Shooting in Sunnyvale Kills 1; Police Arrest Suspect
They said scientists call it “rhythmic entrainment.” Aside from humans, it was previously seen only in parrots and other birds with a talent for vocal mimicry.Police Arrest Teen Suspect for Friday-Evening Homicide in SF Excelsior District
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