Octopuses Give Eight Thumbs up to HDTV

Posted on December 23, 2008  Comments (2)

Octopuses give eight thumbs up for high-def TV

“Octopuses,” Miss Pronk said, “are very smart. I have seen my octopuses open Vegemite jars by unscrewing the lid. They can find their way through mazes to reach food rewards at the end. “And they can learn simple puzzles”, recognising that symbols, such as squares or circles, mean food is available.

When the crab movie was screened “they jetted straight over to the monitor and tried to attack it”, she said, adding that was strong evidence they knew they were watching food.

When the octopus movie was screened some became aggressive while others changed their skin camouflage or “would go and hide in a corner, moving as far away as possible”.

On viewing the swinging bottle, some puffed themselves up, just in case the object was a threat, while others paid no attention.

But significantly, when the experiment was repeated over several days, she found no consistent response from any octopus. Such random responses implied octopuses have no individual personalities.

She suspected previous efforts to show movies to octopuses failed because their sophisticated eyes were too fast for the 24-frame per second format of standard-definition video.

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2 Responses to “Octopuses Give Eight Thumbs up to HDTV”

  1. JennyLife
    December 23rd, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    Nice article John, I really love your blog!

  2. Steven Sashen
    December 30th, 2008 @ 2:01 am

    This post cracked me up. It reminded me of when my first friend got an HDTV… he said, with a bit of concern, “It’s more real than reality!”

    I’m kind of a Luddite and have been avoiding getting HD… but when I was in Costco the other day and they were showing Planet Earth as the demo video, I nearly bought one on the spot.

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