Amazing Animal Facts – From Sharks to Your Average Cat


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There are some amazing animal facts that humans do not know. The study published in a recent issue of the Archives of Zoology magazine, known as the CIBER study (Collaborative Biology and Environmental Science), has traced amazing animal behavior from all over the world. The amazing animal facts were written by a team of molecular biologists and anthropologists led by Dr. Ramona crest of Umea University, in Sweden. They used data taken from a database of DNA from different species around the globe to determine similarities and differences among species. This research published in the latest issue of the journal Nature, is also written by the same team.

An Overview

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One of the amazing animal facts that was reported was when the team discovered that octopuses, the invertebrate creatures that look more like worms than anything else, share 98% of their genetic code with humans. The surprising thing about this discovery is that these animals are classified as vertebrates and are very closely related to us. Interestingly, the octopus is the only animal in the world that has its entire digestive system inside its mouth. It also has a mouthful of sophisticated tentacles that are used to grab, manipulate and eat its food. Not much is known about these creatures except that they are well known to destroy houses and coral reefs, and they are capable of living for long periods of time under water. They also seem to be immune to many diseases that people are susceptible to.

Amazing Animal Facts

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The study published by the team described how the octopus uses its tentacles to catch, kill and squeeze its prey to death. In fact, it squeezes its prey to death using what is called an octopus suck wave. These suck waves can reach lengths of over 15 feet. It takes years of practice for the octopus to be able to do this and the octopuses live primarily in the ocean located off the east coast of Australia. Interestingly, this location has been recorded as being the longest ever recorded.

Another amazing animal fact that was revealed in the research would make any marine conservationist very happy. Among the amazing discoveries made recently was that the octopus produces its own sounds. It has been described as producing what some scientists believe to be a sort of symphony of different tones and pitches. This might make it sound like some kind of sea creature speaking to us from the depths. It is so far the only creature in the ocean that produces these sounds and this discovery could be extremely valuable when it comes to helping find them.

Another amazing fact about octopuses was revealed in a study published by Oxford University. The study published in the journal Nature showed that octopuses have an amazing sense of sight but no other sense. The octopus can detect light by the reflected light or its ability to see in the ultraviolet spectrum.

Finally, I think I might think about the amazing National Geographic animals list that I’ve always admired. This list features some of my personal favorites such as: the leatherback turtle, the stingray, the blue whale, the African lion, the Arabian cat, the blue mouse and the American alligator. These are just some of the amazing animals that make this list and although I can’t bring myself to include them on a national geographic magazine I’ll do what I can to at least make it easier for other scientists out there to learn more about these amazing creatures.

I also love the fact that the National Geographic Society took the time to study the way that our minds work. They ran a test with two different groups of people, one that knew nothing about the world and one where they had a basic understanding of how the brain worked. What they found from this study published in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences was surprising. The scientists found that the people that had a basic understanding of how the brain worked were able to estimate the amount of miles that their brain would have to travel if they wanted to see the equivalent of a ticket worth of animals on a National Geographic wildlife show.

Bottom Line

It’s pretty amazing isn’t it? If you have a chance to see the National Geographic show you might think twice about the number of animals you have to see to complete your vacation. If you’re like me and watching the Travel Channel, you might think about how many times we actually see animals and never get around to going back and reading up about their stories. I’m sure there are other studies that have been conducted by scientists in regards to this particular subject. I’ll be keeping very informed of all of them and hope to share them with others when the time comes.

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