Scientists just observed chimpanzees doing something we’ve never seen them do: going fishing

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Scientists have observed chimpanzees doing something we’ve never seen them do before: going fishing.

This footage of chimpanzees fishing for algae was captured in a remote part of Guinea. It’s from a research project called  ‘The Pan-African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee,” where scientists have recorded thousands of hours of footage of chimpanzee habitats in remote parts of Africa.

Scientists believe there’s a lot to learn from chimpanzees about human evolution. Like people, the animals have advanced problem-solving skills and can adapt tools for different circumstances. Scientists are trying to gather as much information as possible, noting that chimpanzees are endangered.

They have so much footage to sort through, that they’re asking the internet to help. Visitors to the site Chimp & See can assist in research by sorting through, identifying, and tagging the different animals in the videos.