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Shy Trout Grow the Fastest

Posted on December 07 2010

Here’s yet another clue to the puzzle of why the largest trout are such selective eaters — and so difficult to catch. Scientists from the Department of Zoology at the University of Gothenburg say that brown trout, like people, seem to be born with varying levels of shyness. Surprisingly, the trout that are first to the food in the tank aren’t usually the winners in nature.
“[I]t is not always the bold and aggressive fish who are most successful. When we marked trout individually and released them back in the wild, it was shy trout that grew most rapidly.” From

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