Sharpest sense of smell

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Sharpest sense of smell

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 14:26 pm

Some shark species can detect less than one part per million of blood in seawater. The white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) can reportedly smell a seal rookery from two miles away. With their unusually large nares (nostrils), Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus) are highly adept at locating decaying carcasses on the sea floor. Shark nostrils, which are located on the underside of the snout, are used only for smelling.

SOURCE:
Martin, R. Aidan. Smell and Taste. ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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