Most Amazing Animal Superpower
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Hey! You must think you’re pretty cool, just because you can wiggle your ears, or make weird noises with your hands, or tie a cherry stem with your tongue. Ok… yeah, that IS pretty cool. But did you know some of the animals amongst us have some really neat tricks of their own up their sleeves… uhhh.. if they had sleeves, that is. Here are 10 animals with some amazing abilities.
10.Most of us really don’t want to be known as the dull one in the crowd. But the Golden Tortoise Beetle can take its brilliant, metallic gold color down a few notches to a dull, not-so-cool reddish tint. It can do this when it’s under stress. The beetle squeezes a thin layer of moisture between its shell and inner layer. A truly golden, or spotty reddish feat.
9.These guys might look like they belong to a certain villain in a James Bond movie – remember that Jaws guy? But the crazy hard teeth on the Chiton Mollusc (or Chaetopleura apiculata) if you want to get scientific, are the real deal. Those sharp pearly blacks are made of magnetite, which is the hardest marterial in a living organism. These critters have been around for millions of years and their hard-as-metal teeth were formed through the iron oxide in the ocean.
8.You know how all the women light up when they hear that guy with the British or French accent ? Makes ‘em all googly-eyed and such ? Well, the Lyrebird has got that covered… and then some. The male Lyrebird will spend most of his time mimicking the sounds of more than 20 other bird types to impress their potential mates. And believe it or not, they call also mimic more human sounds, such as car alarms and even chainsaws. Now what lady Lyrebird wouldn’t be turned on by that ?
7.The Waterless Tadpoles, or Micrixalus Herrei, have some very strange characteristics. They perform extreme dances to court the females, and they do even more extreme dances to fend off their rivals. They burrow under sand and wet river floors, using muscular tails to help them push through silt and gravel. Their ribs, very usual for such a creature, help to provide them strength as they move under the sand. Their digestive system is also very odd, as their meals of decayed organic matter move through bags made of limestone in their guts.
6.If you’re likely to swim the oceans at night, at least you can see the glow-in-the-dark sharks coming. Lanternsharks, along with the newly discovered Ninja Lanternshark, can light up the waters with a soft blue glow. This ability is caused by organs called photophores. Some sharks have them covering their entire undersides, while others have them around only their heads. But marine biologists have yet to figure out exactly WHY they glow.
5.Most octopuses can camouflage themselves to at least some degree. But the Mimic Octopus operates on a whole different level. These creatures, when feeling the presence of an impending attack, can often turn themselves into a known nemesis of its attacker, and scare it off. If attacked by a damselfish, the Mimic Octopus buries six of its tentacles and uses the remaining two to form what appears to be a sea snake. It can also impersonate jellyfish, stingrays, lionfish and mantis shrimp. Ok… but can they do Elvis ?
4.Shape-shifters are usually only seen in sci-fi movies. But the Texture-Changing Frog (affectionately known as “punk rocker”) is as real as it gets. This frog was discovered in the Andes and can change it texture according to its environment. When put in a cup with moss, its froggy senses start tingling and in the blink of an eye, its body becomes spiny. Take away the moss, and its skin turns smooth as silk. They can also turn themselves into a replica of the moss itself. No other amphibian is known to have this ability.
3.The Axolotl, a neotenous salamander, has the amazing ability to quickly heal any cuts it may sustain or even grow new limbs if they are torn off. This astounding creature also has the ability to regenerate blood vessels, muscle, bone and even nerves. If a limb is torn off, new cells start to develop almost immediately. Within only a few months, the new limb will be complete. These salamanders can also repair many non-vital organs and even some parts of their brain.
2.The Hydra Vulgaris is a freshwater creature that has no bones and looks pretty much like a tube. It also has no real mouth to feed itself with. Instead, any time it paralyzes its prey with its sharp barbed tentacles, it rips open its head and gulps up the snack. Then it seals itself up again, only to rip its head open for the next meal. Sounds pretty painful, huh? Scientists have determined that the creature suffers no ill effects from the drastic eating operation.
1.Those Hydra guys are back! And it seems they’ll keep coming back. Scientists have discovered that these creatures are constantly regenerating new cells. So constant that, under the right conditions, there is a good possibility that they will far outlive us, our kids, our kid’s kids, their kid’s kids… Ok… they’ll live forever. Researchers say the Hydra’s cells are dividing constantly and realigning themselves to meet whatever needs the creature’s body has. Perhaps there is now a key to immortality.
That’s all for today. Do you know of any other creatures with amazing abilities? If so, let us know in the comments section below. Be sure to like us and subscribe for more stories like this. Get addicted to the good stuff.