I remember when I was a kid and learned how bees see the world. I thought, “How funny that bees don’t see things like they really are, like we do.” A moment passed. A synapse fired. Then I thought, “Wait a second… What if we don’t see the world the way it really is?” Another moment. “Wait a minute, what if there is no ‘way it really is’?”
This is the sort of thing I thought about as a kid.
But, like most people, probably, I’m always so intrigued to learn about the vast elements of our world we can’t perceive, but certain other species can, and things other animals can do so easily, but that we can’t. Like the way a blue whale has the loudest call in the world, but it’s so deep we can’t hear it. Awesome. Or, on a smaller scale, when I’m walking the dogs and they both just screech to a halt and shove there noses in the ground, following a “trail”, wagging wildly because holy schmoly, something so interesting happened right here!
Did you know there are experiments being done with dogs diagnosing a type of cancer simply by smelling someone’s breath? That’s how good their noses are. Though I imagine it’ll be a while before people are totally comfortable with this (“Okay, Mr. Ranji, if Bonkers here wags, you’re fine. If he barks, you have cancer. Ready? Hold still.”).
So, of course I’d love to fly like a bird, and swim like a shark – but wouldn’t it also be amazing to sense the world the way a dog does? I don’t have a big interest in smelling pee, but just in general, to have the world of scents be so vast. Or to have a gorilla’s upper-body strength? Or run like a leopard? Or have the incredible ego of a housecat? See in the dark, sense other animals’ electrical energy, incredible hearing, swim to the bottom of the ocean – the possibilities go on and on.
So with that in mind, we come to Your Weekly Question of the Week, question of the week for January 8th: If you could have any other animal’s abilities for a day, what would you choose and why?