Eight Animals with Unusual and Amazing Skills

I’m always curious to know about animal kingdom. I was once of the opinion that only humans posses unusual and amazing skills, but I was wrong. Here is a list of eight animals with unusual and amazing skills. The list includes Plumed Basilisk, Sharks, Puma, Cats, Rats, Cephalopods, Drum fish, and Cheetah.

I was of the opinion that only humans posses amazing skills, but I was wrong. Animals too posses amazing skills; let me tell you 8 animals that possess amazing skills. How a cheetah is able to run fast? How does a cat see in the dark? How sharks catch their prey? These were some questions I had. When I researched about them, I found out more animals with amazing skills. Here are the eight animals with unusual and amazing skills.

Plumed Basilisk: Plumed Basilisk is also referred as Green Basilisk or Double Crested Basilisk. This is a Central American lizard. It is nicknamed as “Jesus Christ Lizard” for its ability to run on the surface of water. What is so unusual or amazing about Plumed Basilisk? It can run at a speed of 7 miles an hour on land and can be under water for about 30 minutes.

 Image via photo.net

Sharks: An unusual and amazing skill that sharks posses is its ability to locate its prey with the help of electrical signals. Sharks have series of pores in their head which helps them to receive electrical signals from its surroundings. With the help of these electrical signals they catch their prey with ease.

 Image via bluelyon

Puma: The most amazing skill that a Puma possess is its jumping skills. Their hind legs and their large paws give them the ability to jump or leap powerfully. It can jump 15 feet vertically and 40 feet horizontally. Wow…isn’t that incredible? Puma is also called as the mountain lion.

 Image via photobucket

Cat: Cats amazing skill is its vision. Their eyes are equipped with a mirror-like membrane called the “tapetum lucidum” and this helps them to see in darkness.

 Image via flickr

Rats: When we talk about cats, is it possible to leave the rats. We talked about Tom, now we shall talk about Jerry. Rats’ vision is not as good as the cats; then how do rats escape from cats. They use their whiskers on their snouts to escape from its prey. Rats have the unusual skill of getting a mental picture of the surroundings by just touching the objects with its whiskers. Image via markleyspest

Cephalopods: Cephalopods are members that belong to the mollusk family and these include squids, octopuses, and cuttlefish. The unusual and amazing skills of these cephalopods are their jet propulsion. They can propel at the rate of 25 miles an hour. They have very good control over the direction in which they are propelling as well as the speed at which they are propelling. Let us see what exactly happens during jet propulsion. Mantle is expanded and the water is taken in. Water thus taken inside enters the sides of the head, moves to the collar and then to the gills and finally leaves through the tunnel by way of mantle contraction.

Image via howstuffworks

Drum fish: I know you must be eager to know the special and unusual characteristics of this fish. They don’t have ears but they can hear and this is their unusual and amazing skills. These drum fishes make use of their air bladders to hear. Their air bladders also help them in absorbing oxygen from water. These air bladders have the ability of detecting sound waves and sending those waves to inner ear. This is where these sound waves are converted to electrical signals. Brain uses these signals to hear. 

Image via bp.blogspot

Cheetah: I’m sure I need not tell what amazing skill does cheetah posses. Yes, it is running. Cheetahs are capable of running at a speed of 68 miles an hour. Wow…incredible. Cheetah has a powerful and oversized heart that helps in pumping large amounts of blood and their nostrils accounts for deep air intake.  Coiling and uncoiling of backbone gives cheetah an edge over other animals when running.

Source: howstuffworks

 Image via uwyo

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  1. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

    They are indeed unusual animals. Thanks for your time in preparing this article. Clicked you “liked it”


  2. papaleng Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Very interesting article and indeed these animals possess Amazing skills. You have my like.


  3. diamondpoet Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Very good and very informative article and excellent pics.


  4. sara20 Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Nice to read your Article.

    Keep writing more about it. Is is really Gracefully and very well written skill.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers.

    Sara:


  5. Atanacio Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

    a very good entry well presented


  6. Faith Blues Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Yup, God is creative. Great post!


  7. Guy Hogan Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Nature gives each animal a special skill to help it survive. Thank you for the great photos.


  8. Night Story Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Nice to know, good article.


  9. giftarist Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Fantastic and fascinating article. Great work!


  10. Val Mills Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Makes me feel we humans are pretty ordinary.


  11. martie Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Some pretty amazing animals to be sure.


  12. VTech Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Good Article , Thanks For Sharing.

    Dear friends i m on VACATION for A Week (from 16th may 10 to 23rd may 10) i will read your next all articles after 24th may 10.


  13. Starpisces Says...

    On May 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    very enjoyable read.. and I have learnt that these animals really very smart, they are so gifted, really.
    :)


  14. manilatop10 Says...

    On May 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

    what a great leap and photo of the Puma!


  15. Kumar Says...

    On May 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Excellent article.


  16. Deborah Walker Says...

    On May 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Animals are so fascinating, aren’t they? Humans don’t give them enough credit. Very well done article and great pictures, too.


  17. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa Says...

    On May 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Totally awesome article, animals are quite amazing as well as fasinating. Some are better observed from a distance.
    Each creature is here with something to offer, as we see from the article.
    Great


  18. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    We have such amazing animals, aren’t we luck to have these wonderful creatures all around us.


  19. simplyoj Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

    The first animal looks great. Excellent article and great images.


  20. Uma Shankari Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Very interesting. Loved the pictures.


  21. Muhammad Sohaib Roomi Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    intresting keep it up


  22. T. S. Lewis Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Fascinating article.


  23. moneynwealth Says...

    On May 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    very good well researched article.

    :) moneynwealth


  24. XXElleXX Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    A good variety of animals here with heightened sensibilities and capabilities ~ an excellent read Anuradha :-)


  25. CA Johnson Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    This was a very interesting article. I didn’t realize that these animals had these impressive skills. Thanks for sharing this information with us.


  26. Tulan Says...

    On May 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    thank goodness, we do have all these wonderful animals.


  27. Vikram Chhabra Says...

    On May 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Great article with amazing pictures!


  28. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On May 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    To all, it is encouraging for me to write such articles when I see these comments.


  29. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On May 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I didn’t know cheetahs had a big heart. Hope if I ever meet a hungry cheetah it’s one with heart problems.


  30. bestone Says...

    On May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    It is well written and useful. I hope that the best articles. Continued to write


  31. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Fascinating write.Amazing animal skills. I am really awed by this.


  32. Intuitive Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 12:48 am

    fantastic and fascinating read.


  33. Authoress Terry E. Lyle Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Fascinating article.


  34. T. S. GARP Says...

    On May 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    How intriguing! The wild kingdom has some amazing animals indeed. Excellent write up on this fascinating subject.


  35. lillyrose Says...

    On May 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    lovely well written article! I enjoyed it very much, animals never fail to amaze me. My dog jumps like the puma!


  36. jupiter2010 Says...

    On June 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    It is a useful and beneficial article, please continue to write


  37. Mr Arrogant Says...

    On June 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    that was so amazing


  38. scheng1 Says...

    On June 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Yuck, I hate rats! They also have the ability to spread so many diseases.


  39. sasuke191 Says...

    On June 21, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Interesting article.. Nice share!.. ^^


  40. Netty net Says...

    On July 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I watch animal planted a lot.


  41. gaby7 Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 10:12 am

    This is absolutely lovely! I like wild life and sometimes I watch the goings on in the animal kingdom with awe!


  42. K64FUNNY Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Fine article with lot of information,thnx


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