Can octopuses hear?

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  1. shannen74

    shannen74 Blue Ring Registered

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    Can octopuses hear?

    If so, in what range?

    I have an octo that I talk to all the time, but I have no idea if he can actually hear me or not.

    Thanks in advance,
    Shannen
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    No, they can't hear the way we do, but they can feel some vibrations - for instance, Carol (corw314) used to tap three times on the tank to signal her bimac and she got a response.

    So by all means continue talking to your octopus - it means you're there at the tank trying to interact and that has a long term positive effect.

    Nancy
     
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    Just curious if voice pitch made any difference, since I'm usually making silly high-pitched noises. I know they are sensitive to vibration, we have hardwood floors, and he gets very still when he feels us walking on the floor.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    That would correspond to what others have reported - can't hear your voice, but can feel the vibrations on the floor.

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