Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A polar bear’s nose is even better. It can smell a dead seal from 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my new book Up Your Nose: The Secrets of Schnozes and Snouts. To find out more about the whole Grosss and Goofy Body series, read this very thorough review from School Library Journal.

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