Meet the creatures with the most powerful, sensitive, weird, and sophisticated eyes, ears, and noses in the animal kingdom.
Humans are pretty cool, and we have some unique strengths compared to other animals. There’s our hallmark intelligence that has led to world domination and geniuses from Isaac Newton to Cardi B. We have unique abilities with language, and our skills have uniquely enabled cooperation and technology to compound at exponential rates over generations. We’re also the only animals that blush.
That’s some cool shit, but other animals surpass us at almost everything else we do. Let’s meet them!
Now in a dedicated post on animals with the best eyesight/vision.
Now in a dedicated post on animals with the best hearing.
Now in a dedicated post on animals with the best smell.
In future posts, I’m hoping to explore the animal champions of taste, touch, memory, and superpowers we don’t have at all including echolocation, flight, generating electricity and light, detecting electric and magnetic fields, and color changing. I’ll also be covering the best animals in the world at a range of athletic skills, along with circus freaks of the animal kingdom.
If you find new and better research or have any corrections, I’d be happy to update the article so let me know.
Finally, special thanks to animal lover Meena Sengottuvelu who reviewed this article in advance and suggested many improvements.
What about mental senses? We don’t know whether animals have the same sort of visual, auditory, and olfactory imagination as humans, but did you know that these mental senses also work very differently for many humans? Learn more in my post on aphantasia and hyperphantasia.