When it comes to real-life superpowers, we don’t have to look any further than our own backyard.
All you need to do is look at Hollywood to see that people are obsessed with superheroes.
From the time we’re children until well into our adult lives, some of the most famous and recognizable characters are the very same ones that have been around since the early 20th century, born on the imaginative pages of comic books and consistently turned into multi-million dollar movie franchises.
From Batman to Superman to more contemporary characters like Deadpool, superheroes and supervillains fascinate us, whether by taking us away from our mundane, mortal lives or by inspiring us to be heroes in our own right. Unfortunately, we’re all still pretty human, but that doesn’t mean that superpowers don’t actually exist.
Just by looking into the natural world around us, we can find various examples of unbelievable super powers that animals have been capable of for centuries. From shapeshifting and “invisibility” to built-in acid shooters and the ability to survive in outer space, these animals have superpowers that humans only dream of.
These are the superheroes of the animal kingdom!
Let’s start small (like, really small)! These microscopic animals are considered among the most durable organisms in existence, able to withstand most kinds of extreme situations from the peaks of the Himalayas to the bottom of the sea, from -458 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, even able to survive in outer space.
Tardigrades can survive radiation levels hundreds of times stronger than those necessary to kill a human, and they can also go for more than 30 years with no food or water. Now that is seriously impressive.
Getting a little bigger, mantis shrimp are truly impressive animals given their average length of four inches.
Mantis shrimp are well known for their trinocular vision, which enables them enhanced depth perception as well as the ability to perceive more colors than most any other species with 16 color-receptive cones in each eye that even allow them to see ultraviolet light.
They can also punch at about 50 miles per hour and have been known to break aquarium glass. Super strength, anyone?