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How is sensory adaptation beneficial to animals?

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Sensory adaptation is helpful to animals who for example use their sense of smell to hunt their prey as smells that interfere with their hunting are only present for a short period of time and will quickly go away, allowing them to successfully continue with their hunt.

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asked by Mrm4
  1. What about hearing predators approaching?

  2. Thank you! I'm sorry, but I don't understand how that is a sensory adaptation? Doesn't it have to be something that happens quickly but also only lasts for a short period of time?

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    posted by Mrm4
  3. It seems to me that a sense of smell and a sense of hearing are similar. They are sensory adaptations, often peculiar to a specific species.

  4. Sensory adaptation is becoming less sensitive to a stimulus after sensing it continuously for a period of time. Let me give you a real life example — mine.

    Decades ago, I worked in an old home with several buildings. Even though they tried to keep the buildings clean, the smell of urine was very strong when I first entered any building (Whew, did it stink!). Even so, as I continued to work in that environment, I adapted and did not notice the odor. However, sometimes I had to go from one building to another. It was nice to get into the fresh air, which made me lose my adaptation, so when I entered a building again the smell of urine was very strong. Again, with time in that environment, I did not notice the odor.

    We and animals are very sensitive to change. If the stimulus remains constant, the sensitivity is lost.

    I hope this helps a little more.

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