The Most Unusual Record Breaking Animals

Humans like to compete against one another to see who can be the champion at breaking records. What if animals did? If they did these would be some of the winners.

Humans have been known to do some pretty strange things in order to claim the fame of breaking some particular record. Here are some animals that break records daily, just by being themselves.

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The Fastest Eater and Decision Maker

The star-nosed mole, according to biologist, Kenneth Catania would not be a beauty contest winner, but it has some noteworthy abilities. The fleshy star-shaped snout consists of 22 fleshy tentacles, each covered with 25,000 sensory receptors. The mole uses these in a unique way, to touch food. Within less than a quarter of a second it decides whether the food is edible and eats it. Catania found that just 8 thousandth of a second were used in the decision making process! Catania

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It smells underwater!

Another amazing ability of the mole is that it blows bubbles underwater to aid in smelling its prey. Catania used a high speed camera and filmed the mole blowing 5 to 10 per second and immediately sucking them back into its nose. The bubbles are blown out and directed at suspected prey and sucked back in to be evaluated (smelled). Please click on Catania’s link to learn more about this amazing creature, or on the link for either picture source.

The Faster Runner

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To win the title of fastest land mammal, the cheetah has been created in a unique manner:

  • large nostrils which allow for more oxygen intake

  • enlarged heart and lungs which circulate oxygen more efficiently

  • Ability to breathe 60 to 150 breaths per minute

  • Good traction due to semi-retractable claws

A running speed of 70 – 75 according to Wikipedia, and the African Wildlife Foundation is pretty amazing! Did you know Akbar the Great of India was said to have a stable of 1,000 cheetahs and cheetahs were trained long ago for hunting and are depicted in ancient drawings and records.

The Longest Gestation

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13 Responses to “The Most Unusual Record Breaking Animals”
  1. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Great interesting piece, sis. It makes a perfect additional lesson for school students and for anyone as well. :-)

  2. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Thanks, Chan, animals are fascinating aren’t they?

  3. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 1:34 am

    amazingly cool animals…

  4. GodsGrace Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Good Post

  5. shivedi Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I Like It Nice Post :)

  6. valli Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Fascinating post.

  7. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Nobert, thanks for the comment. These animals are pretty awesome.

    Gods Grace, thank you for your visit.

    Shivedi, thank you. Your comment is much appreciated.

    Valli, thank you. When I look up and see your name, I feel like I am at home, and being visited by a dear friend.

  8. Angelgirlpj Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve got a Step grandson that has been in Africa for a month now on a reserve. He has seen some amazing animals and sent pictures. Thanks for the amazing animal facts. And OMG no wonder we have so many opossum in our area.

  9. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Wow! Pam, you have a new pic. I’ve got to see it. Thanks for the comment. Your grand daughter is sure growing.

  10. papaleng Says...

    On October 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Thanks Judy for sharing yet another educational post.

  11. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On October 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Papaleng, thanks! It was fascinating to look into animal facts.

  12. BruceW Says...

    On October 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

    An interesting little lunchtime read. Only one gripe: you don’t say what units the speed of the sloth is measured in. Is it miles per hour, kilometres per hour, metres per second or what? Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

  13. Melody SJAL Says...

    On October 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Such a well-researched, entertaining and educational piece.

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