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Do Octos Watch TV??????

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nini

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"We tried this with the octopuses watching TV and had more than 5 reports from people who had observed this behavior and we even observed that octos preferred watching cartoons and sports."
the above was qouted on one of the tonmo articles, i was jus wondering.......do octos really enjoy watching TV? and if they do how can you tell if they are actualy watching it?
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nini said:
"We tried this with the octopuses watching TV and had more than 5 reports from people who had observed this behavior and we even observed that octos preferred watching cartoons and sports."
the above was qouted on one of the tonmo articles, i was jus wondering.......do octos really enjoy watching TV? and if they do how can you tell if they are actualy watching it?
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Well, octos are very visual animals, so it makes sense that they would be interested in watching moving things like TV. They wouldn't notice the color at all, though, and because of their polarization sensitivity, they'd probably find LCD televisions look very different than they do to humans...

As far as knowing that they're watching, it's frequently possible to tell from behavior whether an octo is bored or excited, so I imagine they just tend to be excited more frequently when the TV is on. Whether they can tell that the images are supposed to be a representation of something, or they just think it's a neat art show, though, I don't know how to tell.
 

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nini said:
octos preferred watching cartoons and sports

the first thing that jumps out at me is the selection in "tastes"... maybe it's just a matter of being more attentive to programs with a more frenetic pace, with a constant change in intensity of light or tempo...

for example, i bet an octo would be more interested in a tv during an anime show than during CSPAN's coverage of some congressional debate....
 

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for example, i bet an octo would be more interested in a tv during an anime show than during CSPAN's coverage of some congressional debate....

That's quite an example. Heck, I bet houseplants get bored watching CSPAN....

(registered voters, too, unfortunately...)
 

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G2 used to watch spongebob with my daughtor. You'd look at the tank and he'd be plastered to the corner facing the tv. He also had this fascination with my son, who shaves his head....LOL.....

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My octopus Bubbles never was intrested in TV but I nodiced he always liked music. I often would put two speakers on both sides of my tank. Bubbles favorate music was from The Lion King.

wow thats really cool, so how can you tell if a octopus is excited?
Octopus change color. By monitoring what colors they change you can tell if they are scared, mad, ext.
 

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awesome, im so excited i cant wait to finally get my tank set up and for the cycleing to finish and then i can get my octopus..yay!!! but thats most likely not going to happen til November or so :biggrin2:
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