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What Can Carp See?
Carp are reliant upon their senses as much as humans and for very similar reasons. Carp use their senses to find food (to hunt) and to spot danger (to survive). However carp, as with many fish, are far more reliant upon these and other senses then we are because their need to be independent is far greater than ours. Carp do not have the luxury of a home made sunday lunch delivered to their door and the element of danger is always evident. Predators are a constant concern and with every meal fish run the risk of being hooked by an eager angler. Imagine if these were the dangers we were faced with every time we left the house or with every meal we sat down to eat - how long would you spend inspecting your sandwich before you took a bite?
It is a shared theory amongst anglers and marine biologists alike, that Carp cannot only see the same full spectrum of colour that humans can, but also Ultraviolet light. Due to the outcome of many experiments it is thought that Carp have exceptional vision in dull conditions. The eyes of a fish develop to suit their environment and as they spend their entire lives underwater the clarity in which a fish can see underwater will inevitably be much greater than ours. The same works vice versa as you would expect.