Many species of the animal kingdom have adopted some special kind of methods to sustain.
It is apparent that when species lack the luxury of the five senses, or the five senses are not enough for them to sustain, they develop the sixth sense.
This is also one thread of the theory of evolution. Although only a handful of animals have succeeded in doing so.
They have developed special organs and receptors to navigate, feed, and protect themselves from threat.
These six senses are also invaluable sources of information and insight for scientists studying the history and potential of Human Genetics.
1. Pit Viper
Pit vipers have specialized infrared-sensing organs that allow them to determine things that might be prey. The ability to sense infrared thermal radiation evolved independently in several different families of snakes. Pit vipers’ “pit,” located in the middle of its eyes and nostrils, is super sensitive.
Snakes in the pit viper family which include pythons, boas and rattlesnakes are equipped with a special infrared heat Sensing System that can be used to track down and identify their prey. They are the only animals believed to possess the ability which makes them and especially adept night time Predator. Pit Vipers have protein channels that activate by heat from the bodies of their prey.
2. Weather fish
Sense: Barometric pressure sensor
Known for being highly sensitive to changes in barometric pressure.
In fact they were once kept as pets to help predict the weather. For the weather fish the ability compensate for the lack of a swim bladder, and allows it to detect pressure changes and monitor buoyancy underwater.
3. Comb Jelly
Sense: Balance reception
Jellyfish don’t have a central nervous system, so they must rely on other means to gather information about the world around them. Comb jellies poses balance receptors known as statocysts that let them know if they are facing up or down. Beyond that, they are used for coordinating movements to reel in food.
In addition to hair sensors and chemical sensors, spiders may possess as many as 325 mechanoreceptors on each of the eight legs.
They are used for sensing minute mechanical strain on their exoskeleton in order to gauge the size, weight, and type of creature caught in their webs.
Using special pores on their head, have the ability to perceive electrical impulses generated by any living thing that moves. Impulse travel through the ocean water due to the Sodium and chlorine Ion it contains. The sharks can sense the voltage that results, Allowing them to track down their prey.
Platypus are the only mammal on the planet known to possess the ability to detect electrical impulses the way many predatory fish do. The electro receptors, located on the animal’s signature bill allow them to navigate murki, dimly lit waters with ease. Unlike sharks, the Platypus can use the ability directionally.
Pigeons have long been known to possess the ability to sense magnetic fields, But scientist have recently begun to understand how it works. They now believe individual visual neurons in a pigeon’s brain and code information on the direction, polarity, and intensity of a magnetic field and it may begin in the homing Bird’s inner ear.
8. Sea Turtles
Sea Turtles, like homing pigeons, are equipped with receptors that allow them to detect and analyze magnetic fields. The magnetic map create allows them to navigate to specific geographical areas, most notably where they were born. the ability can be used from almost anywhere, along the Turtles to roam vast expanses of ocean.
Sense: Echo location
Dolphins are equipped with what is likely the most well-known six sense – Echo location. The animals produce high frequency clicks that generate feedback when the sound waves bounce off an object that feedback generate a 3D visual map of the surroundings that allows them to see in water.
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. In fact, they see nearly as well as we do. However, the flying member’s vision is useless in the dark when it goes out to hunt. Like dolphins, they use equal location to paint themselves a radar like portrait of their surroundings and of nearby prey.