Top 10 Amazing Animal Abilities
Nature moves in mysterious ways, especially animals! Without further ado, here are 10 of the most amazing animal abilities in the world.
10. Bats: Sound-trippers
The bat’s weirdest, and 10th most amazing on this list, characteristic is its ability to navigate the darkness with the use of soundwaves. Bats emit ultrasonic squeaks that bounces off of insects and other objects the soundwave comes into contact with. Then, from the echo, the bat determines the size, shape and distance of the object up ahead. Look Ma, no eyes!
9. Sharks: Natural-born hunters
Sharks are born with special cells in their brains that allow them to track down even the smallest fish hiding under sand on the ocean floor. These cells are sensitive to electrical fields in the water. When a fish swims or even breathes, the water around it generates electrical pulses that go off in every direction. A shark can pick up these signals from a mile away, and when it does, somebody ought to start swimming!
8. Boa: Night eaters
Boas possess temperature-sensitive receptors located between the eyes and nostrils. These organs can detect body heat from a considerable distance, in complete darkness, and therefore allow the boa to hunt as effectively at night as it does during the day.
7. Hummingbirds: Pint-sized helicopters
The truth is, hummingbirds are born with several talents. First and foremost is the bird’s ability to hover in mid-air. No other bird can do that. In fact, their wings are so agile that most hummingbirds can go as fast as 15-80 wing flaps per second. The other talent is their ability to perceive colors that are well outside the visible range of human beings. (Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your garden)
6. Cats: Garfield wearing night vision
Cats are some of the most visually keen animals in the world. They’re born with special eyes that allow them to move around and hunt in complete darkness. Even the tiniest movement of a house rat is enough to jolt our feline friend out of a deep sleep. “So that’s how Hershey was able to run after and catch all those mice in the kitchen,” you’re saying to yourself. Yes, that’s probably it.
5. Snakes: Feisty reptiles
Snakes aren’t the friendliest creatures, but they’re definitely some of the most amazing. Most snakes use their tongues to collect particles in the air (the nostrils are used solely for breathing). When the snake pulls its tongue back in, the particles are absorbed into special pits located along the roof of the snake’s mouth. And then… Oooohhh… smells like roses!
4. Moths: Love bugs
Moths have the amazing ability to detect love signals, called pheromones, in the air. These signals are emitted by the opposite sex from up to seven miles away. That’s a lot of distance. According to new studies, human can detect pheromones too, but only during close encounters.
3. Rats: Mischievous feelers
Most species of rats, or most rats in general, have poor eyesight. The truth is they probably can’t see all that well during the day, let alone at night (when rats are known to scurry out of their hiding places in search of food). What rats lack in vision they more than make up for with touch sensitivity. The whiskers on their snouts are so sensitive that rats are capable of determining the size of objects and feeling their way into their surroundings just be touching them with their whiskers. (For rats extermination guide, learn how to get rid of rats)
2. Drum Fish: No ear, all hear
Drum fishes use their air bladders for hearing instead of their regular ears. Also used to absorb oxygen content present in the water, the air bladder detects soundwaves which it then passes into the inner ear to be converted into electrical signals or pulses. The signals are then sent to the fish’s brain for interpretation.
1. Migratory Birds: Aviator navigator
That’s exactly why migratory birds gets the honor of being the animal with the most amazing ability in the world: the ability to fly great distances and not get lost. Researchers believe these birds are born with a form of synesthesia that allows them to see the Earth’s magnetic lines that normal people can’t. It may sound a little far-fetched, but a theory is better than no theory at all.
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Amazing, isn’t it?
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