SIGHT

Angling Times (UK) - - UNDERWATER SPECIAL -

Carp, as prey fish rather than preda­tors, have their eyes po­si­tioned on the sides of their heads, giv­ing them max­i­mum wide-an­gle vi­sion.

This en­ables them to spot dan­ger more ef­fec­tively, but this means they have to rely more on their other senses when feed­ing.

Carp do have colour vi­sion, but be­cause water ab­sorbs dif­fer­ent colours of light at dif­fer­ent rates they tend to be able to see bet­ter at the blue end of the spec­trum than we do, and can even see into the ul­tra vi­o­let spec­trum. Bet­ter blue vi­sion works well at night, mean­ing carp can see well af­ter dark.

How­ever, in murky water sight is not the pri­mary sense of carp – in­stead they rely on their lat­eral line and bar­bules to find food.

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