10 UNBELIEVABLE Animal Superpowers!! From stunning prey with supersonic blasts to re-growing lost limbs…stay tuned to number 1 to find out 10 amazing animal superpowers!
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From stunning prey with supersonic blasts to re-growing lost limbs…stay tuned to number
1 to find out 10 amazing animal superpowers!
Number 10: The Horned Lizard.
As far as superpowers go, the horned lizard seems to have gotten one from the very bottom
of the barrel, one that would likely not be your first choice of superpower and would
in fact, not even make your top ten.
That is because the horned lizard has the unique ability to shoot blood from its eyes;
something that would likely only be useful to us over Halloween when we use it to freak
out our loved ones, but pretty useless the rest of the time.
For the lizard though, it is a crucial survival technique and it is most commonly used to
ward off predators or occasionally to clean debris from its eyes.
The lizard achieves this superpower by filling their ocular sinus below their eye with blood,
and then constricting two muscles on either side of it causing the pressure to force the
blood out of its eye socket.
This jet of blood can reach up to 4 feet and is probably as effective as you might expect
shooting blood from your eyes to be.
That is to say, very effective.
Number 9: The Platypus.
The platypus is already a strange animal that breaks the traditional mammal mold by having
a beak and laying eggs, and you may not be surprised to learn that most aren’t actually
agents for a secret organization of spies fighting to keep control of the tri state
But did you know that they have a superpower that allows them to track down any moving
prey in the water?
The platypus is one of only a few mammals that has the sixth sense of electroreceoption,
a power that allows them to sense the energy that other animals use to move.
Essentially, this means that the more the prey moves, the easier it is for the platypus
to track and eventually hunt.
Interestingly though, it is the platypus’ beak that senses the movements and the skin
on its beak is incredibly sensitive and is considered to be its primary sense organ,
more useful than its eyes and ears, even.
I am not sure if it would be useful for you or I to be able to sense movements with our
nose, but it certainly beats squirting blood from your eyes.
Number 8: The Electric Eel.
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No list of animal superpowers could ever be complete without mentioning the one that has
its superpower in its name, and let’s be honest, most of us have at some point in our youth
imagined shooting lightning from our fingertips.
In this case the electricity is shot out from the eel’s body, and it can pack a punch of
up to 600 volts, an amount that would stun even an adult man and that has claimed at
least a few lives due to drowning.
Also, the eel’s electric shock can do more than just stun its prey and it can even produce
a smaller shock that would cause a fishes muscles to spasm and propel it out from under
a crevice it may be hiding below; a power something almost like taking control of somebody
Possibly even more interesting than that, the eel can also use its electric shocks as
a type of sonar to discover where its incapacitated prey may have ended up.
Number 7: The Salamander.
The ability to regrow lost limbs has been a power that many a life form has dreamed
And while it may seem like something that will remain exclusively in the movies, it’s
actually a real thing that the salamander has already perfected.
While this power is not exclusive to salamanders, they are the most proficient at it, and are
able to regrow large portions some of their organs, including the brain, as well as various
limbs, bones, and all.
This is because of their very special immune systems and its ability to send cells called
macrophages to the wound as quickly as possible.
Once the wound has been sealed up by these cells, the body goes about repairing and replacing
the cells in a process that scientists are still trying to understand.
The hopes of this is to one day allow people to be able to regenerate lost limbs and organs,
so, if you are patient…you too can be the next Deadpool.
Number 6: The Dragon Millipede.
Despite sounding like a boss battle in some video game, the dragon millipede is a real
life insect with a real life superpower worthy of making it a real life boss battle.
Named after the spines on its back, there are 23 different species of dragon millipede
and most of them are found exclusively in one small region.
One of these millipedes is called the Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede and it is the specific
one that this entry is about.
Not just because of its name and the fact that it is the largest of the dragon millipedes,
nor is its super power its shocking pink color.
But rather the fact that it is able to spray out a jet of cyanide.
This isn’t a one off thing, either, and these millipedes have the ability to create cyanide
as a defense method in order to scare off predators, and there are even reports of it
blinding roosters and hens that were unfortunate enough to find it.
Number 5: The Sea Cucumber.
This particular power may only be intriguing to a select few of us, but it is still a superpower
Imagine being able to turn your body into a puddle of liquid whenever you may need it.
Now imagine that you are a sea cucumber, because they already know how.
That’s right, the sea cucumber has mastered the ability of turning itself into liquid
in order to squeeze itself into tight spaces or to evade predators.
One of these predators, it seems, is us humans, as sea cucumbers are considered delicacies
in some parts of the world.
Scientists have even begun using the sea cucumber as inspiration to create a new type of plastic
that can quickly change from rigid and solid to becoming soft and flexible when exposed
This is great news, too, because it means they chose not to go with its second superpower,
which is to extract its internal organs and then regrow them again.
Number 4: The Turritopsis Dohrnii.
Immortality is something that many of us have dreamed of, whether it’s because you just
have so much you dream of doing, or simply because you actually want to live beyond your
debt, it is a concept that many have dreamed of accomplishing.
While we continue to dream of these things, the Turritopsis jellyfish has already accomplished
it, which suggests that the key to immortality is having neither a heart nor a brain.
The most amazing thing about this jellyfish is the fact that it isn’t some four foot long
beast but rather an extremely tiny little creature, with an adult Turritopsis measuring
only 4.5 millimeters wide.
Officially recognized as the worlds only immortal creature, this little jellyfish does not simply
live forever but actually reverts back to a juvenile polyp state once it has reached
From its polyp state it is reborn and grows to an adult all over again.
The real question now is, would immortality be worth it if you reverted back to a baby
every 80 years?
Number 3: The Pistol Shrimp.
Imagine trying to clap your hands underwater loud enough to stun those around you, could
be a great party trick but not much else.
The Pistol shrimp takes this to new levels.
As the name suggests, the pistol shrimp is a shrimp that has a deadly weapon attached
to its body, that weapon being one of its claws.
The pistol shrimp is considered the oceans most deadly shots, and the way that it achieves
this is by snapping its claw so fast that it sends a bubble of air shooting forwards
towards its prey, it’s not just any bubble either.
It’s a bubble that travels at around 62 miles per hour and that is accompanied by a 220
decimal sound wave.
The force of these two abilities stun the prey long enough for the shrimp to swim over
and claim its prize.
Don’t think that a shrimp that loses its pistol claw is useless either, because, if it loses
its larger, more dangerous claw for any reason, its smaller claw grows to the size of the
original and becomes its new weapon of mass stunning.
Number 2: The Mantis Shrimp.
Unfortunately for the pistol shrimp, the mantis shrimp is far more superior, and has it and
even us as humans beat in some ways.
First, human eyes only have three types of color receptive cones, this allows us to see
everything as we already do every day.
The mantis shrimp has us slightly beat here in that it has 16 color receptive cones; what
this means is that apart from the colors we all know and love, the mantis shrimp can see
hundreds, if not thousands, of other colors that we can’t even fathom, this includes ultra
As if that isn’t super enough, its front claws are its main hunting weapons and move so fast
when attacking that it actually boils the water around them, the attack works much in
the same way as the pistol shrimp and the sound that comes off of its claws is enough
to stun other shrimp and even fish.
Also, you probably shouldn’t try keep one as a pet, as they are known to crack the glass
of fish tanks from the force of their attacks.
Number 1: The Tardigrade.
As far as hardy, completely invincible superpowers go, the tardigrade is almost on the same level
as superman in terms of its inability to die.
Also known as water bears, a tardigrade is a near microscopic creature that measures
1.2 millimeters long, or 0.04 inches.
It can survive anywhere on the planet, and can even survive in the vacuum of space without
breaking a sweat.
Don’t think that you can just burn or freeze them either, because they can survive in temperatures
as low as -328 degrees Fahrenheit as well as up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
They can survive radiation, boiling temperatures and up to 6 times the pressure of the deepest
part of the ocean.
Of course, even though it can survive anywhere, they do have their ideal home and are most
comfortable living in the sediment at the bottom of lakes all around the world.
As far as a species is concerned, these little critters will likely long outlive the human
race and will be around until they themselves become earth’s dominant species.
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