Interesting Organs Found in Animals

Interesting Organs Found in Animals

Humans are not that interesting from an evolutionary perspective. Granted, we have superior cognitive abilities compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, but that is about it. For instance, tigers and humans possess tongues, but besides the size difference, the organs are anatomically identical and perform the same functions.

However, a tiger’s tongue has distinctive rear-facing spines that essentially turn them into large sandpapers. These spines are scoop-shaped, which makes them ideal for stripping fur, feathers, and meat off of bones. So if a person were to get licked by a tiger, it could strip large chunks of flesh right off their face. However, if humans had some of these organs on this list, then it would be the equivalent of gaining a superpower.

Hunter’s organ &Sach’s organ – Electric Eel

The electric eel is not technically an eel; it belongs to a group of bony fishes known as the Gymnotiformes. It is called so because it superficially resembles an eel. The electric eel has a highly developed nervous system with three pairs of organs dedicated to producing electricity.

The organ spans 80% of its total body length, and it essentially acts like batteries in a flashlight. They are capable of producing two types of discharges – a low-intensity discharge for navigation and a high-intensity discharge for stunning prey and predators. Getting stunned by the electric eel is very unpleasant, with some people drawing comparisons to a taser gun. In some instances, it can be fatal as it can stop the human heart, or cause the victim to drown.

Photophores – Elongated Jewel Squid

Photophores are organs that produce light. Besides squids, other deep-sea organisms such as the lantern fish, and angler fish also possess photophores. The light is produced either through chemical compounds synthesized by the organisms, acquired from prey or even through symbiotic bacteria.

It can appear as numerous spots throughout the animal’s body. Advanced photophores can have lenses, which control the amount and intensity of light produced. The primary purpose of this organ is to help lure prey within striking distance. If humans possessed this organ, our bodies would look like pieces of jewelry on two legs.

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