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  • Top 10 Water Animals with Amazing Superpowers

  • 10. Hagfish (Extreme Survival Capability)

  • Hagfish may look like weak creatures that can be easily preyed upon by bigger animals

  • like seal sharks, but do not let their appearance deceive you, as they are highly skilled in

  • preserving their lives. When attacke2d by predators like conger eels and sharks, hagfish

  • release a slime that clogs their enemiesgills and mouths, causing them to retreat.

  • With this superpower, hagfish can easily defeat animals that are ten to a hundred times bigger

  • than them!

  • Aside from this simple-yet-effective defense mechanism, hagfish are also known for their

  • unusual eating habits. These sea creatures do not only feed with their mouths, but also

  • eat with their gills and skin. Hagfish are the only vertebrates known to eat in this

  • bizarre manner. They usually go inside the bodies of dead animals where they feast on

  • the flesh through their mouths, skins, and gills.

  • 9. Platypus (Accurate Prey Locator)

  • What makes the peculiar platypus a superhero is its amazing ability to determine the exact

  • location of its prey. It does this by detecting the electric impulses and pressure changes

  • its prey creates when moving underwater. Unlike most animals, the platypus does not use its

  • ears and eyes when hunting for food, since they automatically close when it dives underwater.

  • Instead, it solely relies on its bill to help it determine the location of its prey. This

  • bill is filled with 60,000 mechanoreceptors and 40,000 electroreceptors. With the help

  • of these hyper-sensitive nerve endings, the platypus can easily determine the exact location

  • of its prey.

  • 8. Electric Eel (Stunning Volts of Electricity)

  • Electric eels got their name from their super ability to discharge electricity from their

  • bodies. When an eel feels threatened or sees a prey, it discharges 600 volts of electricity,

  • strong enough to knock down a horse or leave a man unconscious.

  • Electric eels owe their superpower to their electrical body parts, which contain special

  • kinds of cells called electrolytes. These electrolytes function like small batteries,

  • enabling eels to emit electricity underwater. As proof of their power, some institutions

  • are harnessing the electricity produced by electric eels to power simple electrical equipment

  • like light bulbs. Also, theoretically speaking, the electricity emitted by electric eels is

  • sufficient enough to power electric vehicles.

  • 7. Mantis Shrimp (Knockout Power Punch)

  • The mantis shrimp may be small, but it sure is remarkably strong and fast. This animal

  • can easily shatter an aquarium glass and break the hard shells of certain animals like snails.

  • If that isn’t enough to make you believe in the supershrimp, then consider this: by

  • using a high-speed camera, researchers have discovered that this incredible animal is

  • capable of striking its forelimbs at speeds of 31 – 52 miles per hour. Batman couldn’t

  • hit you that quickly!

  • 6. Cuttlefish (Perfect Underwater Camouflage)

  • The cuttlefish is a squid-like creature considered by many scientists to be the ultimate master

  • of disguise. It possesses the ability to alter its appearance in the twinkling of an eye,

  • and adapt to its surroundings very easily. It can create the perfect camouflage, one

  • that would put the chameleon to shame. It can easily imitate the appearance, and even

  • the texture of anything that it sees such as rocks. It can even produce zebra-like patterns

  • on its skin.

  • So how does the cuttlefish pull off such a feat of magic? The answer lies on the pigment

  • cells found on its skin, called chromatophores. Scattered all over the animal’s body, these

  • chromatophores enable the cuttlefish to alter its color and overall appearance very quickly.

  • All this while it itself is color-blind.

  • 5. African Hairy Frog (Freaky Wolverine Claws)

  • African hairy frogs, commonly found in Cameroon, are the Wolverines of the wild in that they

  • can break their toe bones and transform them into claws when they feel threatened. Just

  • like the X-Man, the African frog’s claws bursts from its skin, ready to attack.

  • Sadly, there are those who would gun down these frogs, just to make sure that they are

  • incapable of unleashing their painful weapon. Some even use machetes or spears when hunting

  • these animals, since they can cause such serious injury. Every hero must have an archenemy,

  • after all.

  • 4. Planarian (Infinite Regeneration)

  • Planarians may seem insignificant compared to other animals, but they possess one special

  • ability that makes them highly valuable to scientists and even to some of us. Namely,

  • that these small flatworms hold the key to immortality.

  • Researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures have the god-like ability to regenerate

  • themselves infinitely. If a planarian loses its head or tail, it can easily regrow it

  • back. This uncanny ability is also common in other animals like lizards, cockroaches,

  • and starfish, but what makes the planarian extra special is that it can also clone itself.

  • If you cut a planarian into two, the two divided parts will regenerate and become two new different

  • planarians. No matter how many times you cut them, planarians will never die. Instead,

  • they will just regenerate and clone themselves over and over again.

  • How do they do it? The answer may lie in the fact that they are made up of cells quite

  • identical to stem cells. Planarians can transform their stem-like cells into any specific type

  • of cell needed by a damaged or lost body part.

  • 3. Archerfish (High-Speed Accuracy)

  • The archerfish has what amounts to a gun buried in its body. Of course, it doesn’t shoot

  • bullets, but instead emits high-speed streams of water, strong enough to knock down and

  • kill its prey. Once the insect falls into the water, the archerfish then immediately

  • swallows it.

  • The archerfish is a very accurate shooter, and can usually hit its targets during the

  • first try. Also, its water shots can reach a height of five feet. The archerfish intuitively

  • takes into consideration some complex physics when hitting its target, such as gravity,

  • refraction, and even the Plateau-Rayleigh instability.

  • 2. Sea Cucumber (Healing Ability and a Possible Cure for Cancer)

  • Just like planarians, sea cucumbers can heal and regenerate themselves too. It is interesting

  • to note that their regenerative and healing mechanisms closely resemble that of the human

  • body. But unlike the seemingly immortal planarians, these sausage-looking sea creatures cannot

  • heal all kinds of wounds, and they cannot clone themselves.

  • However, despite some limitations in their powers, sea cucumbers still deserve to be

  • in this list due to a recent remarkable discovery made by scientistssea cucumbers can cure

  • cancer. Researchers have found out that these aquatic creatures can kill cells that cause

  • prostate, liver, breast, pancreatic, and skin cancer, thanks to a built-in chemical compound

  • called Frondoside A. Furthermore, they can boost the body’s immune system, helping

  • the body fight and stop the spread of cancer cells effectively.

  • 1. Salmon (Remarkable Navigation Skills)

  • Most of us know that salmon go back to the place they were born, just to spawn. That

  • means travelling more than 2,485 miles, navigating through strong currents, jumping over various

  • environmental obstacles, and passing through predators like grizzly bears. It’s the remarkably

  • mysterious and arduous journey that salmon take for the purpose of mating and spawning

  • that make them superheroes in the animal kingdom.

  • For many years, no one knew how salmon can navigate their way back to the places where

  • they were born. These animals start their lives in fresh water, but spend most of their

  • adulthood wandering in the ocean. Just recently, researchers have discovered that salmon use

  • the Earth’s magnetic field to help them determine the exact location of their birthplace.

  • When it’s time to spawn, they navigate the sea, looking for the areas that have the same

  • magnetic fields imprinted in their brains. This ability helps them to distinguish the

  • right area from hundreds, if not thousands, of possible locations from where they could

  • have entered the ocean.

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    richardwang posted on 2016/06/15
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