January 27th, 2020

harbor seal

Sense of Touch

This article on Scholarpedia is a really neat overview of different types of touch receptors in living organisms. Did you know that the antenna of crustaceans, seal whiskers, the lateral line in sharks, and the mole's nose are some ways that animals sense touch? Also, animals use their sense of touch to pick up tactile, vibrational, electric, magnetic, and other types of sensations. Wow!

"The World of Touch", Tony J. Prescott and Volker Dürr (2015), Scholarpedia, 10(4):32688.