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.
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
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
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