Thursday, 2 December 2010

World's Ten Most Common Misconceptions About Animals

If human have myths, legends and tales to live on, the animal kingdom can boast of some fascinating if not strange misconceptions. From angry bulls, dancing snakes to flying fish, the animal kingdom is spared with misconceptions some of which comes from animated movies and cartoons. Read one to learn which is true and which is not. We have compiled a list so that you can know the facts.

1. Bulls are Color Blind Bull

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fight is a common sport in Spain and few other European countries, and surely is enjoyed by many millions around. Game is simple, either matador or bull makes its way out of arena in the end. It is a common misconception that the bull gets furious by the red capes held by matador that “forces” bull to run towards it. Interestingly bulls are green and red color blind! So it is not about the color but it is actually the movement of red fabric that makes the bull go wild!

2. Snakes are Deaf

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You must have seen a snake charmer, at least on YouTube! Oh yes, we all know that snakes dance to the no-so-cool flute tunes. Well, here is the big catch: snakes are born deaf! The only things they react to is the vibrations received through ground. Actually it’s the vibrations not the sound that allows them to respond and make them “dance”.

3. Fish Can Fly

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We all know that fish spent its entire life swimming below the surface of water and need to stay underwater for its survival. But did you know that there are some species who have also learned, practiced and mastered the art of flying. These flying fish belongs to the fish family Exocoetidae, consisting of 64 species grouped in seven to nine genera. To get away from its predator, flying fish using its large pectoral fins take short glided flights to propel themselves out of the water. By swishing its tail to about 50-70 times per second, flying fish are able to muster up enough momentum to burst through the surface. In so doing, it could rise into the air up to 11 meters and glide up to 50 meters.

4. Turtle Can Never Get Out Of Their Shells

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Remember cartoon turtles leaving their shells and doing funny things? But in reality, turtles can never leave their shells! Shells are integral part of their body which is bounded with a turtle’s skeleton. So if you were planning on buying a new shell for your turtle, this surely is bad news for you!

5. Bats are Not Blind

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Bats “are blind” and attack prey using their unique sense of hearing even during dark nights through ‘ echolocation’ – this is what most of us know already. But most species of bats are NOT blind and have excellent vision! Nocturnal fruit bat, also known as flying fox, is one of the bat species that are able to see during day light and uses its daylight vision to capture its prey. In addition, many scientists have proved that bats are able to distinguish between colors!

6. Elephant do not have thick Skin

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Elephants have 2 – 3 cm thick skin but only back and side skin, the rest is very sensitive! Elephants can feel even a simple touch and are sensitive to sun. This is the reason why mother elephant provides a constant shade to the babies. They even bathe in mud to protect themselves from the sun.

7. Owls Can Turn Their Heads All the Way Around

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An owl cannot turn its head all the way around in a complete circle—it can turn it mostly around, about 270 degrees, using its 14 neck bones, which is twice the number humans have. The reason for this adaptation is that owls cannot move their eyeballs from left to right like humans do, since their eyes are so huge in relation to their heads. (It’s almost like a person having eyes the size of oranges.) So in order to see completely around itself, the owl must be able to swivel its neck in this remarkable way.

8. Fish can walk

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Believe or not, fish can walk! Yes, underwater and on land, these exceptional creatures are capable of walking. On land, some species like the Climbing Perch or the famous Walking Catfish can do the trick. Storing and using oxygen to survive, they can leave their natural habitat and walk on land to get to another stretch of water. If your not impressed by the capability of the fish species mentioned above, then they a look at the batfish! Though a poor swimmer, batfish have adapted well to its environment and mastered the art of walking underwater. Yes, literally walking using its limb-like pectoral pins! What a spectacular act for a small, slimmed-bodied fish that grows to about 36 cm.

9. Penguins do not exist only in Black and White Color

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People have few misconceptions about penguins too and one of them is that they exist only in black and white color. Fact is, there are penguins with gray, blue, orange and yellow shades! Most of penguins have bright colorful feathers with really bright orange beak, pink feet or sometimes red eyes that adds unique beauty in them. One more thing about penguins that they are not considered mammals or fish; instead they are called birds even though they can’t fly and spend all of their time on land and water.

10. Flying Squirrels "Fly" Through the Air

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Technically, flying squirrels do not fly, they glide. These nocturnal rodents are smaller than familiar gray squirrels and have big eyes that help them see during nighttime hunting and foraging. The squirrel has a fold of skin on each wrist that connects to the ankle of the back leg on the same side. When the squirrel leaps, extending its limbs outward, the folds of skin spread out, allowing the animal to glide up to 200 feet. The squirrel uses its flat, broad tail to direct the glide and maintain stability. So while it appears that the squirrel is “flying,” it is essentially making a lengthy jump.

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