- A great white shark’s sense of smell is about ten thousand times better than yours. The scent-sensing cells inside its snout can detect a single drop of blood in an Olympic-size swimming pool.
- A giant anteater’s prodigious proboscis is forty times more powerful than yours. It can catch a whiff of ants and termites from several miles away.
- A polar bear’s nose is even better. It can smell a dead seal from 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.
- Many birds can’t smell very well, but kiwis are scent-sational sniffers. They shuffle through the forest with their beaks to the ground, searching for the earthy aroma of worms and other small creatures.
- A vulture can pick up the scent of a dead animal from high in the sky. Then it circles lower and lower, zeroing in on the offensive odor.
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