Made by a company called Zuru, the Robo Fish is a clever robotic fish toy that swims like the real thing. There are several designs to choose from, but the Clown Fish is probably the most popular.
These three-inch robotic wonders have special water activated swim sensors that prompt them to swim forward, up, down, left and right using their lifelike tail fins. They don't come cheap, especially if you want to collect all Robo Fish models. Toys 'R Us sells a piece for a little more than P500.
We bought two and tested them in no time. The Robo Fish, as promised, instantly and magically turns on once it hits the water. Just put the Robo Fish in a basin full of water or a sink or tub and it would automatically spring to life. It also deactivates on its own as soon as its out of the water.
AQUA SHOW FOR CATS
We took two orange tabby cats to “review” the Robo Fish product and, based on their reactions, they found Nemo to be mildly interesting. Their feedback, of course, was relative to their real life encounters with their real fish named Natasha. (See below comparative videos) The smart tabbies could tell the difference between real and plastic, hence, they were not too enthusiastic about the Robo Fish. Perhaps the flashing LED lights built into the Robo Fish somehow disconcerted the cats, too?
Still, the Robo Fish would be a perfect gift for any cat, especially those who have never seen live fish before.
Due to its popularity, the Robo Fish has spawned cheap imitations so check the Zuru manufacturer name on the packaging label. Each Robo Fish comes with an extra 1.5V A76 or LR44 size alkaline batteries. It lasts for about 2 hours or longer if you mind removing the toy out of the water when you're done playing with it.
Here are the videos of our cat reviewers. First video shows them playing with real fishes, second video shows them examining the Robo Fishes. An extra cat "observer" shows up later in the second video. Enjoy!