Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Memory of a Goldfish

We shouldn't feel bad for a goldfish in a small bowl because the goldfish has a memory that is so short it will forget its surroundings by the time it reaches the other side of the bowl, right?  Unfortunately this is a misconception that started somewhere and got passed down to the point that most people think it's true.

Scientific studies show that the memory of a goldfish last much longer than mere seconds.  In fact, goldfish have the ability to retain memories for several months!

Three Second Memory Myth

Goldfish Do Not Have a 3 Second Memory

Granted, the memory span of a goldfish may exceed that of other types of fish and is certainly much less than that of a human, but it is not the few seconds that is commonly thought.  So if you have a goldfish, maybe get your fish a bigger bowl.

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