Check Out These Incredible Animals With Real Superpowers

PBS_ItsOKToBeSmartPublished: February 21, 2018Updated: February 24, 2018468 views
Published: February 21, 2018Updated: February 24, 2018

‘If you could have any superpower, what would it be?’ is one of the most common icebreaker questions there is. It makes sense, since our physical limitations are pretty firmly defined and the idea of being extremely exceptional is something that everyone has dreamt about at one point or another.

Superpowers aren’t only found between the pages of comic books and sci-fi movies, there are many animals on Earth who have extreme abilities compared to humans.

Of course, we humans shouldn’t feel too bad. Sure, we might not be able to jump as high or fly, but we’ll just need to take comfort in the fact that our species is intelligent enough to develop the technology necessary to create videos such as this.

Chitons can make their own magnetic teeth. These molluscs might not have a face, but they do have the ability to make their own teeth out of one of the hardest materials made by a living organism: magnetite.

Lizards are capable of truly outstanding feats, including the salamander. This amphibian is known for its ability to re-grow not just its tale but also entire limbs and parts of major organs. And salamanders can regrow whole limbs.

Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage while pit vipers can see in infrared. So there's nowhere you can hide (except maybe a freezer).
Salmon sense the Earth's magnetic field to guide them home and dragon millipedes can shoot cyanide at their predators.

Platypuses have a sixth sense - electrolocation - that means they can sense the electrical signals in their prey's muscles. So the more they try to swim away, the more visible they become to the platypus.

Electric eels can generate electric shocks up to 600 volts. You don't need a sixth sense to detect that.

Dung beetles can pull over 1,000 times their body weight while geckos can walk up windows thanks to electrostatic forces between thousands of tiny hairs on their feet and the surface. Fleas can jump 200 times their body length in a single bound.

Mantis shrimps swing their arm out at 80kph when they punch, with about the same acceleration as a 22-caliber bullet.

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