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Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.
Scientists studied European shags and found they were twice as likely to dive after seeing a fellow bird go underwater.
Study - Groups - Rafts - Shags - Sea
The study is the first to investigate why large groups (known as "rafts") of shags dive together at sea.
University of Exeter scientists filmed the birds off the Isles of Scilly to examine their behaviour.
Results - Birds - Cues - Dr - Julian
"Our results suggest these birds aren't just reacting to underwater cues when deciding where and when to dive," said Dr. Julian Evans, who led the study as part of his Ph.D. at the University of Exeter.
"They respond to social cues by watching their fellow birds and copying their behaviour.
Members - Sources
"They're essentially using other flock members as sources of...
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