Sea lion dances to the beat at Long Marine Laboratory

(University of California, Santa Cruz)

April 4, 2013 6:11:04 AM PDT
A sea lion bobs her head to the beat of her favorite tunes, which Earth Wind and Fire's ''Boogie Wonderland'' and the Backstreet Boys.

The sea lion, Ronan, lives at the Long Marine Laboratory in Santa Cruz, California. Researchers say they trained Ronan to nod her head in time with rhythmic sounds, and then she transferred the skills to music she hadn't heard before.

Born in the wild, 5-year-old Ronan was rescued when she was found stranded on a highway.

Her grooves defy earlier theory about the rhythmic ability of animals. And, aside from birds, a talent for mimicry was only seen in birds.