Friday, March 26, 2010

Cephalopods prefer higher resolution!

According to scientists, and this article on, octopuses really can tell the difference in that picture quality!

Researchers from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science found that by playing video on a liquid crystal high definition televion for gloomy octopuses (Octopus tetricus), they could accurately see how the animals reacted to prey (a crab), a new object (a jar), and a potential predator (another octopus), responses usually only seen in the ocean.

Read the full article here!

If that link doesn't work, try this one.

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Val said...
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Val said...

sorry forgot the video link above.

The link doesn't seem to be working for me, but that sounds interesting.

Reminded of this video of the cuttlefish getting upset when someone flipped the screen around on their camera.

Sarah Dungan said...

msnbc seems to be very strange about how they allow you to link to their articles (which I find very odd, since its not as if they should want LESS traffic, but anyway) - I tried an alternate link.

Green Stone said...

Woah, that is so neat.
Now I'm gonna spend all morning watching youtube vids of cuttlefish. :D

Mike Mike said...

I was sort of disappointed at how much time the article spent talking about the fact that they needed to use a high-definition display, at the expense of talking about the results of the article.

It's an interesting study, though!