1. When a cat pounces on prey, its whiskers move forward to form a net in front of its mouth. The web of whiskers helps the hunter keep track of its meal.
2. A walrus’s whiskers comb the muddy seafloor in search of clams, snails, and other tasty treats.
3. Seals use their whiskers to sense the movement of fish.
4. The whiskers on a squirrel’s ankles help it avoid bumping into branches as it jumps from tree to tree.
5. Some bats have whiskers on their butts. Yup, their butts! The bristly hairs help the nighttime fliers land in tight spaces.
Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Here We Grow: The Secrets of Hair and Nails. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.
Next week is school vacation here in Massachusetts, so I’ll be taking a break. Have a great week!