Animals and plants tend to use smells in order to provide useful clues and cues for those around them. The odor being put out by a certain animal tends to spread information, whether that be a warning of an incoming predator or being prepared for the mating process. Certain compounds within glands inside of an animal’s body also serve as entire defense mechanisms for when they are attacked. An intense odor can ward off the largest of predators. Take, for example, the skunk and its iconic smelly attack. Here are ten weird facts about animal odor.
Grizzly Bears, one of the most dangerous creatures in North America, have a sense of smell that is 100,000 times stronger than a human being. They can smell things clearly up to 18 miles away.
Striped Polecats is a pretty obscure animal in the African savanna, but one you will know of quickly. They are considered the smelliest creature on the planet due to their putrid scent, which you can smell from 1 mile away.