Are these chimpanzee's better at fishing than you?
The Pan African Programme: the Cultured Chimpanzee was started in 2010 by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, with the aim of investigating the changes in behavior of chimpanzees. There’s cameras set up all over the jungle to watch them in their natural habitat, and this week they have captured some incredible footage of chimps using fishing rods to catch algae!
After noticing some sticks that were very out of place on the river bank, researches paid a little more attention to what was going on with the chimps. Turns out, the sticks are used to fish around in the water looking for clumps of algae. They scoop it up, pull the stick in and eat the algae! Sure, they’re not tieing blood knots and tracers, but it’s impressive none-the-less.
You can read more about these fishing chimpanzees in Bakouna, Guinea on the website for the Pan African Progamme: The Cultured Chimpanzee.