Archerfish Says…”I Spit in Your Face!” | Deep Look

Archerfish Says…”I Spit in Your Face!” | Deep Look

Life began in the water. It looked across the boundary between wet
and dry, and saw… dinner. Some species evolved legs from their fins
and became land animals. Others, like this archerfish, found a way
to bridge the distance between water and land… while still staying wet. Archerfish spit water in a high-pressure stream
through the air, knocking prey from its perch. Pretty clever, right? They live in the estuaries of Southeast Asia,
where mangrove trees stand knee deep in brackish water. It’s the perfect arena for a deadly game
of hide and seek. But this fish has more than just good aim. Depending on the distance to its target, the
archerfish can calibrate, changing the shape and speed of its spit. A series of experiments at Wake Forest University
measured the force of that spit on impact. The spitball on the left has further to go,
but it still packs the same punch. That’s because its tail end catches up to
the front on contact. Like an archer pulling a bowstring, the fish
judges the distance, makes a few calculations, then lets it fly. You might say it’s using water as a weapon. But wait a minute… That kind of sounds like tool use, which among
scientists who study evolution is a big deal. Because we used to think that you needed a
big, complicated brain — more like a human brain — to use tools. And like all fish, this archer has no neocortex,
that outer layer of the brain, where functions like higher reasoning and memory live. In other words, this fish has less of a brain
than we do, but in a way, it’s incredibly smart.
But how smart? That’s what one Oxford scientist wanted
to know. She asked: Can an archerfish tell one human
face from another? In her lab, she trained an archerfish to expect
food whenever it spat at the image of this one face. See, facial recognition is another of those
abilities you’re supposed to need a neocortex for. When she showed the fish a series of other
faces…Nothing. But when that familiar face appeared? Bingo. In spite of its tiny brain, it knew the face. We humans have used our brains as the baseline
for intelligence — if you don’t have our hardware, you can’t do what we can do. But that idea is evolving. The archerfish and many other animals… it
turns out, have found their own ways to be smart. Are you a better shot than an archerfish? Try hitting a beer bottle with a snowball
from about 50 feet away and you’ll see. And check out this episode about some other
animals that manipulate water to survive. They carry a breathing bubble around with
them, like little scuba divers. Thanks for watching Deep Look! Subscribe, and see you next time!

Comments (100)

  1. Great video! I'm just going to leave this Polish metal song here…

  2. You can’t just speed past that, she taugh a fish how to spit on command 😂LIKE WHAT.

  3. I need a neo cortex to decifer korean band members from each other.

  4. hmm i shot an arrow when im 9 and i got the mid

  5. i think that we ARE seeing the outside of the brain… just…smaler

  6. So these fish are basically my annoying brother with no brain, and spits in your face?

  7. 1:59 Why are your running? WHY ARE YOU RUNNING


  9. Can't wait for it to evolve into a gyradon

  10. It says that the fish is smart so..

    Me: hey spitting fish can you do my math test???

    Spitting fish: Nah


  11. Im a good shooter in another situation.

  12. This fish has aimbot

  13. rip Amy she quit6

  14. These archer fish can actually blind you with their shooting water

  15. is it weird that I can still eat while watching these interesting videos?

  16. Fish goats basically

  17. so now he's jack robin hood

  18. I love Archerfishes because he spit on face🏗

  19. Don't forget me once you get to famous 🙂

  20. Knowledge is stored in the balls

  21. These fish = British scrotey women
    As a british I can confirm that british skanks are a actually quiet skilled at spitting at someone at high speed :/
    You already know what the fish bit means

  22. This fish is the fusion of amefish and pearl

  23. Was this the inspiration for the Scauldron from HTTYD?

  24. The archer club are really made of archers

  25. This fish didn't "evolve" it was created by God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We as humans, and also the animals are created with irreducible parts that all need to be present. You can't have anything halfway "evolved" and survive. I used to be an unbeliever and lost and a believe in evolution, however, when you really examine evolution, it is the stupidest idea ever.

    "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:20 (KJV)

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3 (KJV)

  26. Rajon Rondo spitting on CP3 like this

  27. Life began when GOD spoke it into existence! I am so weary of the confusion caused by the false claims of evolution as if it is a proven fact……which it definitely is NOT! Otherwise great video!

  28. Wooooooow👀😗

  29. Archerfish i choose you!
    Archerfish uses a powerfull spit

  30. All them dislikes were from the crickets

  31. Well I’m Gonna Spit Back Into His Face

  32. Squirt to eat 😐

  33. the experiment they did was a classical conditioning method all animals are capable of learning through conditioning.
    so there wasn't any real proof that the fish is smart

  34. I hope get more natural waters like that around the world 🙁

  35. Imagine being recorded and then make a documentary about you and then tell the audience that you have a small brain.

  36. You humans have some big egos.

  37. Them bad man…

  38. just because it can shoot watcher doesnt mean you can call it an archerfish..

  39. I don't think we should measure the intelligence of other animals by making them do stuff that we can do, like face recognition. It's like measuring their intelligence by measuring how well they can climb!

    They just have a different kind of intelligence.

  40. Iam betterwhen i threw a snowball at my target i hit a sleeping grandpa😂😂😂😂

  41. i want a smart fish 🤓

  42. They didn't need a single scope. I'm impressed.

  43. One million! Congrats 🎉

  44. So you smashed only posative reason stands for my large head….

  45. So you smashed only posative reason stands for my large head….

  46. 2:32 still wonder how they trained it to spit at the face

  47. A underwater cannon

  48. When a fish has better aim than you

  49. because animals follow what GOD inspired them. except rat and house lizards they listen devil whispers

  50. Archer fish are able to aim their target to any thing on branches, and rock, they eat beetles, crickets, insects, and small lizards

  51. Disgusting habit spitting 🤤

  52. My mans got that 200 iq

  53. they have beeter aim than I do

  54. Cricket:Stares at fish and starts saying"HAHAHA you can't get me."
    Archer fish:Snipes cricket
    Cricket:Falls while screaming for its life.
    Also Cricket:Falls into water water and tries to swim for it's life.
    Archer fish:Eats cricket.Mission passed respect=9999+

  55. Archerfish: I spit in your face
    Bug: sure
    Archerfish: * spits at bug *
    Bug: AHHHHH
    Bug: * fell into water *
    Archerfish: mark my words
    Archerfish: * ate the bug *

  56. Archerfish: Yeah. This is big brain time.

  57. 2:00 I like how insects swim exactly like humans , i should say we copied them , and ive seen some more resemblances like this : how cat and mantis wash their face and antennas

  58. this fish is smarter than me

  59. now thats a good water gun

  60. Where do they live?

  61. Information shared by this documentary is extraordinary . By this they force us to think how they develop such a smart technick .

  62. After the first sentence, I click close. LIFE began in the water. If so, then how did this fish lean to look for food outside water?

  63. That cricket swam better than me.

  64. Your voice is just exactly the same with the American actress Mila Kunis or is it you??????

  65. do fish feel thirsty ?

  66. If these smart fish evolves, we're done for

  67. That fish shooting is much better than mine when im playing shooting games

  68. Just don’t give this guy a bad yelp score or he’ll spit in your food.

  69. Oh yes my bruddas we have taught the brudda of water to SPIT on the fake ones. We will take back over and be 1 once we spit and kill all the fake ones. clicks over and over

  70. I practice shooting every night with my mouse on my right hand

  71. Guys that pees on toilet seats should be ashame that a fish can shoot better than they can


  73. We will SPIT on them!

  74. God is amazing!!!

  75. If you don’t have are hardware🤔
    I can think of a lot of replacements

  76. Sense is not confined to the brain, every particle within existence is sensible, for example plants don't have brain but they are very sensible and sensitive

  77. Stop the evolution rhetoric when all of it is a sham and has not been proven. It is unscientific to accept theories before they are fact no matter how much evidence, real or fake, you think you have. If you say we can't believe in God because we haven't proven his existence then you also can't believe in evolution because you haven't proven it as a theory. There is so much misinformation and multiple versions of the theory of evolution and ALL of them you accept because they are all theories. But this is simply the means of liars weaving a web that no one can see or tying a knot that no one can untie. But as the legend of the Gordian Knot goes, the solution has nothing to do with the challenge you present.

    You believe in evolution before it is proven because you have FAITH in it. You have faith in it because you are taking your bet that there is no God who has judgment ready for you when you die. You actually believe in what you want because you don't want to believe that you are full of sin and warrant judgment. Cowardice is the real reason you believe in evolution and it is a convenient lie to live by. Go ahead and prove the theory but if you can't then don't act like you've already won the battle. I assure you, you've already lost.

  78. Swiggity swoogity im comming for the buggy

  79. "i spit at the face of the people who don't want to be cool"-Carlito

  80. “Archer…… fish..” you can literally put any type of word in front of fish and that’ll be a species

  81. Fish recognizes faces? Blew my mind. Thank you for this video. Continue the good work!

  82. well, how do you think our brains evolved? we had to start somewhere, and to be honest, we might call ourselves the most intelligent animals on this planet, but we can't do half of what many animals can even with just their base instincts!

  83. daaaym. not all of us hooman with more big brain can do this.
    with this accurate sniping.

  84. Where can I buy this Fish

  85. Pssh, if fish can use math we all can, or…

  86. evolution? how about the marvelous Brain and the incredible Cell? was it design?

  87. Animals are smart as well

  88. The other amazing fact with these fish is the way the can judge where a food item is n hit it n not miss it despite water refraction.

  89. They spit on you because you don’t know the way

  90. I like your videos but your false facts are so childish

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