Sea Lions Can Keep A Beat

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Turns out, sea lions love to rock out to their favorite music! Scientists at UC Santa Cruz have discovered sea lions are the only other mammals besides humans that can keep a beat. Trace has the must-see video!

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“This Sea Lion Is The First Non-Human Mammal That Can Keep A Beat On Its Own”

“Meet Ronan. She is a sea lion at the University of California, Santa Cruz and also a very competent dancer. According to her trainer, she’s also the first non-human mammal that can independently keep a beat.”

“Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal”

“The tendency to move in rhythmic synchrony with a musical beat (e.g., via head bobbing, foot tapping, or dance) is a human universal yet is not commonly observed in other species.”

“Sea lion defies theory and keeps the beat”

“First example of beat keeping in a non-human mammal–a sea lion bobbing her head to music–challenges leading theory about the origins of rhythmic ability”

“By Keeping the Beat, Sea Lion Sheds New Light On Animals’ Movements to Sound”

“Move over dancing bears, Ronan the sea lion really does know how to boogie to the beat.”

“Sea Lion Rocks Out to the Beat”

“Once Ronan, a 3-year-old sea lion, learned how to dance, keeping the beat to new songs came easy. Though it’s hard to tell which is her favorite song.”

“Monkeys keep the beat without outside help”

“Nerve cells in the brain may regulate internal time-keeping”

“They Got the Beat”

“Rhythm in animals reveals evolution of human music”

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98tacoeater July 6, 2013 - 3:58 AM

Dat beat be phat

Concepts July 8, 2013 - 1:42 PM

I'm sure, animals just don't like our music otherwise they'd be rocking along all the time.
And by the look of it, the sea lion is just incredibly bored otherwise it wouldn't be lying in front of a wall head banging… ;)

Arc July 18, 2013 - 4:59 PM


madasrabbits06 July 23, 2013 - 4:49 AM

I just love that they used BSB for both of these :)

deinemutter269 July 25, 2013 - 9:54 PM

i would like to hear (and see) an example of an animal keeping a slow or more complex beat. i mean… those movements in the sown examples… look a little bit like they are just turning their heads up and down as fast as they can.

Kevin Adams August 27, 2013 - 3:39 AM

Yeah we've got sea lions on land too, we call em land sea lions

Alexander Olafsson September 3, 2013 - 9:25 PM

a colony of ants

Justin 1 September 14, 2013 - 8:14 PM

Every animal in Tarzan

Duck Goes Quack September 14, 2013 - 9:21 PM

i want to see what happens when the Sea Lion lessens to dub-step

Carl Enerz September 25, 2013 - 4:54 AM

Still better then Justin beaver!

Drake the Dark October 17, 2013 - 8:49 AM

let there not be a JUSTIN BEAVER :D

MrSparsilis October 17, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Cheetah fast rap :D

George Evanshaw December 28, 2013 - 6:18 PM

rattlesnakes cuz obviously they invented the maraca

yunthi February 17, 2014 - 2:30 AM

my turtle used to do some weird pushups to the beat. cant recall if he could keep a beat but it did look like he could. this was before video cameras became affordable.

Happy Potato February 21, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Totally mantis shrimp because of its little claws i mean kung-fu fighting anyone?

Chew March 4, 2014 - 1:08 PM

we use to have a bird that would dance to nsync. ahaha. 

karlah-jade norkunas March 4, 2014 - 4:22 PM

Does it need to be backstreet boys? It seems to be a theme…

Mehps April 6, 2014 - 8:48 PM

my dog uncontrollably starts rolling around and yelping to eminem's rap god. it just doesnt know what the fuck to do lol.

GimmeABreak February 28, 2015 - 7:20 AM

I am feeling less and less unique the more I watch these videos. My ego's stagnating, ya'll.

Well, at least I can make stupid youtube comments. I'd like to see an animal do THAT!

TruthSurge March 29, 2015 - 6:17 PM

:51  oh, so now it's birds TOO?   then why start your vid claiming humans were the only ones?  Shit vid.

Blake G May 21, 2015 - 10:38 AM

That's crap birds dance everyone knows that ! Sealions maybe a little

Courtney Smith January 9, 2018 - 4:23 AM

you suck

Tyisha Jackson June 23, 2020 - 9:38 PM

I love sealions

Usagi June 3, 2021 - 6:16 AM

He jamin

A September 21, 2021 - 11:53 PM

That seal is better at keeping a beat than me?! Damn

Mahaney Family September 22, 2021 - 8:43 AM

Please she probably says turn that awful song off it's giving me anxiety.