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This dancing sea lion LOVES the Backstreet Boys

They’re just great songs, you know? Also Nick is so cute.

HERE IS AN excellent video of a sea lion rocking out to the Backstreet Boys:

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But wait! Not only does the California sea lion (called Ronan) have a total crush on Nick Carter – he’s also the first non-human mammal shown to be able to find and keep a musical beat.

It was previously thought that “complex vocal mimicry” skills were necessary to keep a beat, meaning humans and parrots were pretty much the only species to get their groove on.

No longer. The Pinniped Lab at UC Santa Cruz has changed all that with a simple rendition of “Everybody”.

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