Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Fun: Five Gross & Goofy Body Facts

  1. A dragonfly’s 29,000 eye lenses wrap almost all the way around its head. They help the ferocious flier see what’s going on behind it.
  2. Tarantulas have eight closely clustered eyes—two large ones and six small ones. With so many eyes, you might think tarantulas have excellent eyesight. Think again! They rely on their sense of touch to understand the world.
  3. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles have eyes high up on their heads. They can see what’s going on while most of their bodies are hidden underwater.
  4. Some crabs and snails have eyes on antenna-like stalks that can move up and down and swivel in any direction. What a great way to view the world!
  5. Chipmunks and chickadees, giraffes and goldfish have many enemies. Because their eyes are on the sides of their heads, they can see far to the right and left. That means they can constantly scan their surroundings—without moving their heads.

Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my new book The Eyes Have It: The Secrets of Eyes and Seeing. 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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