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Some Incredible Animal Behaviors Emerge From a School of Fish

Watching a school of fish swim together is such a soothing image. However, as this video shows, there’s some incredible science behind a seemingly effortless behavior. It’s called emergence, where a system works together to achieve something that each individual member of the system could not accomplish on its own. For fish, this translates to the simple task of imitating how and to where their neighbors are moving, which then creates a school.

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Fish may have synchronized swimming down to a science, but they aren’t the only creatures that move together in harmony. Learn how starlings fly together in equally incredible patterns.

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A. Stout is a Whovian, Potterhead, study abroad alumna, and animal lover. A native to West Michigan, she dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world.