The 8 Senses Animals Have That Humans Don't

Magnetic Field Sensors

Turtles; We may not be able to tell what direction we are facing just like that, but a diverse range of animals sea turtles, worms, some birds, wolves, and even butterflies can! All these mentioned animals have one thing in common - the Magnetic Field sense

Detection of Electric Fields

Sharks; A sense specific to predatory animals, the detection of electric fields is prevalent in sharks, skates, and even rays. Ampullae of Lorenzini, a network of organs, generates this sense. The organs are located in and around the head deep within thick skin

Sensing Nutrients

White-Crowned Sparrows; One sense we should envy the White-Crowned Sparrows and Deer for! These animals possess the ability to sense whether their food has or doesn t have the nutrients their body needs.

Magnified Taste

Catfish; Literally, if you could imagine a tongue swimming, you would be imagining a Catfish right, anatomically! Not just internally, but the catfish possesses tastebuds even externally; wrapped in over 100,000 tastebuds, this animal can detect the flavors

Abdomens With Paramagnetic Iron Oxide

Worker Honeybees; You know you have worked really hard for the day when you can t find your way back home well, at least the Worker Honeybees would agree. These species find their way back home thanks to the sense that they derive from the paramagnetic iron oxide

Detection of Infrared Radiation

Jewel Beetles; With the earth more susceptible to forest fires than ever today, we may not be living our safest times. Sure, taking precautions is one thing but imagine having the ability to actually sense the onset of a fire; the Jewel Beetles can


Zebra Finch; One of the greatest senses that we humans are grateful for every day is that of sight - a sense that allows us to experience the beauty of life, with all its colors. Did you know why we see the colors we do? It is because of the three independent channels

Smelling Exhaled Carbon Dioxide

Mosquitoes; Doesn t it sometimes take us by surprise the way mosquitoes manage to find us every single time?! Ever wondered how? Well, of the many factors, one is their sense to smell exhaled carbon dioxide.