Animal Superpowers

Video highlights from Animal Superpowers

As Batman v Superman hits screens, meet the animals with real-life extraordinary abilities.

With superhuman strength, x-ray vision, enhanced hearing, super-speed and the power of flight, Superman would fit right into the animal kingdom.

From bugs that are as fast as a speeding bullet to shrimp strong enough to smash walls, these are the animals with super abilities.

  • The electric eel can fire pulses of electricity to stun its prey. These pulses can exceed 600 volts, more than five times higher than a power outlet.
  • When a gecko drops its tail, it twitches in a pattern that confuses its prey. Studying this process may one day help people with spinal injuries walk again.
  • Bats use a remarkably high-frequency system, called echolocation, to see in the dark. They make calls as they fly and listen to the returning echoes to create a sonic map of their surrounds.
  • Octopus can blend in with any background, matching the colour and shape of the substrate. An amazing feat, considering scientists believe many octopuses are colour blind.
  • Dolphins can locate objects underwater when completely blindfolded. They make powerful clicks and listen out for the sound’s reflection to build a mental map of their surroundings.
  • Sperm whales produce the loudest noise in the animal kingdom: It’s called ‘the clang’.
  • Vampire bats also have infrared detecting capabilities; they use it to locate blood vessels on prey.
  • The fastest puncher in the natural world is the stomatopod, or mantis shrimp.
  • Hammerhead sharks have 360-degree vision.
  • A peregrine falcon is one of the fastest birds in level flight. However, the peregrine generally falls into a high-speed stoop from altitude to catch its prey and then reaches the fastest speed of any bird.
  • Sap sucking froghoppers are the champion insect jumpers, able to reach heights of 700mm.
  • Army ants ‘move house’ every night for two weeks of every month. During this time, five million ants can move over 100 metres in six hours.
  • Alligators can hold their breath for up to eight hours in cold weather.

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