Myths, legends, and supernatural stories are fascinating, but there are also some truly fascinating things that animals can do. Most of us don’t know a lot of things about the animal kingdom, so we decided to make a list of 10 unusual and interesting things about different species.. LiveScience has created a list of animals with a great power of adaptability which have managed to develop awesome abilities. Without further ado, here are the ten most interesting facts about animals:
Crocodiles swallow stones
The stomach of a crocodile isn’t a pleasant place because it is full of different animals, from turtles to giraffes, lions and even other crocodiles. Besides these „delicious” meals, crocodiles also swallow stones which apparently help them maintain balance while swimming.
Whale Milk is very fat
It is not an easy thing to be a mother whale, because a baby whale has 9 meters when it is born. This means that it will need a lot of nutritious food in order to grow to its full length. Whale milk consists of 50% fat, which is ten times fatter than milk consumed by humans. A baby whale gains 90 kilograms a day.
Moles are not blind
This is quite a surprising fact because we would never have thought that moles might need sight for their dark homes. As it turns out, moles have developed a rudimentary sense of sight in order to protect themselves against predators. Every time they see any light, it means that there is somebody else in their burrow. Moreover, Moles use their eyes to feel air currents.
Ants are amazingly strong
It is incredible how one small creature can lift 60 times its weight! If you were to compare them to a professional athlete who can only lift three times his weight, ants are truly incredible.
Elephants are smart
The largest mammals on the plant are also extremely intelligent. Their brains weigh approximately 5 kilograms. There are even videos of elephants who can paint. Another interesting fact about them is that they can store 7,5 liters of water in their trunk.
Parrots actually talk
Although scientists have thought for a long time that parrots simply mimic the sounds that human make. According to recent studies, parrots can make the difference between small and big, different and similar. This means that they have the ability of understanding a part of the things we tell them.
Shark teeth grow in 10 days
The razor sharp teeth of sharks grow in only ten days! People might change their teeth only once in their life, but sharks will never miss the change to replace one of their teeth. It is said that they change approximately 30.000 teeth in a lifetime.
Cats foresee earthquakes
Cats have extremely evolved senses which most of us might like to have. The sensors which can be found on their paws help them sense mice from miles away, but they can also predict earthquakes.
Butterflies have an incredible sense of smell
It is with this incredible sense of smell that they can sense flowers from immense distances. However, butterflies don’t have a nose, but they can sense different aromas with the help of their spectacular wings.
You might have already heard of the journeys that birds undertake every year. But how exactly can they travel such long distances without making any mistakes? Some might say that they have an inbuilt GPS system. The reality is that certain species of birds, like the arctic swallow, fly approximately 40.000 km every year with the help of Earth’s Magnetic Field.
Animals never cease to amaze scientists, and with every day comes a new discovery. Who knows, in the future we might actually learn how to communicate with animals, or use their abilities in order to understand the world better.