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Star Smellers

Genesis 27:27a: "And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him...."

Can mammals that spend time in the water smell scents under the water? Of course, no one is going to take a nice big sniff under water to find out.

Being able to smell helps us to learn important information about our surroundings. But it has always been thought that semi-aquatic animals could never smell scents under water. Animal researchers at Vanderbilt University knew that water shrews and star-nosed moles do release bubbles constantly when they are under water, but they didn't know why. The star-nosed mole is amazing by itself. Its nose has 16 pink tentacles, giving this strange looking creature its name. So they watched the animals under water on high-speed video. They saw the creatures exhaling and then re-inhaling the bubbles at the rate of ten times a second. That led them to wonder whether the animals could be detecting scents under water. As a test, they placed food in the tank, separating it from their physical contact with a screen. As the animals were tested, they excitedly targeted in on the food source, demonstrating that they were indeed detecting the scent of wanted food.

Since these creatures make their living under water, God has given them the amazing and surprising ability to smell under water.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the gifts You give are wonderful and often unexpected, for which I praise and thank You. Amen.

Notes:, "A breath of fresh water."

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