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In the Octonauts episode The Great Swamp Search, when Ranger Marsh is asked how invasive species arrived in the Everglades, he responds:

Different ways. Some were pets and got loose, some were stowaways and on ships. But one thing's for sure: they all cause a lot of problems.

https://octonauts.fandom.com/wiki/The_Great_Swamp_Search/transcript

This question is very lovingly, playfully, tongue-in-cheek: are there humans in the Octonauts universe? Otherwise, how could any animal be a pet since everyone in Octonauts is an anthropomorphized animal?


(Realistically, I know: this is just the show's writers slipping in a tidbit of child-comprehensible real-world trivia without hyper-vigilance on how the semantics of the sentence might play out to adults contemplating the pet/owner relationship in an anthropomorphized universe -- I just thought this might be fun to see how "Octonauts" and/or in-universe-consistency enthusiasts might explain this)

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  • There are no humans in the Octonauts universe. It's perfectly possible to have pets though, as some animals have subhuman intelligence
    – Valorum
    Aug 19, 2022 at 7:08
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    Other important Octonauts questions 1) What kind of penguin is Peso supposed to be anyway? 2) Where do Shellington and Professor Inkling sleep? 3) Come to think about it, what's up with the internal layout of the Octopod anyway? How do they fit both the library and the launch bay in? 4)...
    – JayFor
    Aug 19, 2022 at 16:02
  • Aren't the Vegemals pets?
    – AJFaraday
    Aug 19, 2022 at 21:46
  • @AJFaraday This is triggering deeper thoughts than I anticipated...are the Vegemals pets? FWIW, I'd never viewed them as pets, I'd always thought of them as peers of the Octonauts...in the sense that they appear to be sapient beings.
    – StoneThrow
    Aug 20, 2022 at 4:26
  • You make a fair point, I've a vague memory of the them doing some advanced tasks such as preparing meals and saving Christmas. They have a sort of babble that the others don't understand, but maybe it's just a different language. Which is strange because literally every other creature in the world seems to share a language.
    – AJFaraday
    Aug 21, 2022 at 7:14

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The reason that theirs like no humans in octonauts is because the octonauts and the octo agents and etc are takeing place of humans like for a example, tweak is a human so yeah the octonauts are humans and the reason that Ranger marsh says that some were pets and got loose and some were stowaways on ships is idk but yeah the octonauts and etc are humans and all other humans are like the octonaugts.

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  • If you're going to assert that there are no humans in Octonauts, you should provide some evidence for that, rather than just the assertion itself. Also, if you can't explain what Ranger Marsh meant by "some were pets", then you can't really answer this question properly, since an explanation for that is precisely what was being asked for. Jan 3, 2023 at 0:57
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    Tweak T. Bunny most certainly isn't a human. She's a rabbit.
    – Valorum
    Jan 3, 2023 at 1:12

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