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Manta rays are first fish to recognise themselves in a mirror

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Looking good. Giant manta rays have been filmed checking out their reflections in a way that suggests they are self-aware.

Only a small number of animals, mostly primates, have passed the mirror test, widely used as a tentative test of self-awareness.

“This new discovery is incredibly important,” says Marc Bekoff, of the University of Colorado in Boulder. “It shows that we really need to expand the range of animals we study.”

Manta rays are first fish to recognise themselves in a mirror

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