Okay, so serious geek out time! I love animals and I do go to the natural world for inspiration in my way of living. We can learn so much from animals.
The Battle of Strength
WINNER DUNG BEETLE
"Pound for pound the strongest animal on the planet. They can pull objects that are well over 1,000 times their own body weight".
The Battle of Speed
"A cheetah would clock in at 64 mph (104 kph), or about twice as fast as the world's top sprinters. Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds compared with the 5.8 seconds it would take a cheetah to cover that same distance.
Bolt ran 200 meters in 19.19 seconds, while a cheetah could sprint that distance in 6.9 seconds".
The Battle of Heart
"The heart of a blue whale weighs about a half a ton, 1000 lbs. It has to be large enough to pump about 15,000 pints of blood as compared to about 8 pints in a human. The average heart rate for a man is 72 beats per minute. A blue whale’s heart beats six times per minute".
The Battle of Power
"It is usually claimed that the best jumper in the world is the Flea. They are longest and highest jumper among animals compared to body size. Fleas can jump 220 times their own body length and 150 times their own body height. If we were to scale up a flea to our size it would be like us jumping nearly 400m in distance whilst jumping over a 250m high building! Now that’s a big jump!"
The Battle of Survival
"Time without food: 10 years"
"Olms are amphibians that live in water in underground caves throughout Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. They have no pigment in their skin, eyes that don’t work properly (it’s blind), fantastic hearing and smell, little feet with toes and gills. It’s also known as a cave salamander".
"They prey on small crabs and snails and are extremely good at storing food in their body as lipids and glycogen. When there isn’t much food around they lower their metabolic rate and become inactive, living from their nutrient reserves".
"Documented trials have demonstrated that these creatures can live for up to 10 years without food".
The Battle of Intelligence
What do you think?
Here's to learning from the planet,