The sensory capabilities of sharks, and other “elasmobranch” species like rays and skates, are truly remarkable. Illustration: Kate Hazell
There is something in the water. You, a shark, can smell it—at concentrations as low as one part per billion. In a swimming pool-worth of water, you can sniff out a single droplet of blood, or indeed fish oil, pheromones and all sorts of other things.
The sensory capabilities of sharks, and other “elasmobranch” species like rays and skates, are truly remarkable. Two-thirds of their brains are dedicated to those finely tuned olfactory skills, which make them the bloodhounds of the sea. But perhaps the most intriguing quality sharks have is their extra sense, electroreception.
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