Perception and Animals

Sometimes I try to pick up on the perceptions of animals, or at least try to get some idea of how they perceive reality.  Like a rabbit, for example, mainly uses his sensory perception of smell to know who has been in an area and what they were doing there, and if they are a threat or not. A deer sleeps with one eye open at night, and is as still as a stone (petrified), sensing even the slightest stimulus in the environment- it always has to know what's going on around him.  These two animals are examples of prey.  Prey have eyes on either side of their heads, not together on the front like predators do.  Evolutionarily, prey must know what's all around them as to not be eaten, so having eyes set as far apart as possible would be best.  Predators need to focus and look ahead to hunt for prey, so it makes sense to have both eyes closer together on the front of the face. I've thought about how prey must visually see reality with eyes so far apart and at first I thought it was a little alien, but I've realized they are not that different from me and you. I don't know, you probably know all this, I just like to wonder online.

blankethead33 blankethead33
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2 Responses Mar 1, 2009

Its interesting to think how other beings would see the world... I expect that the brains of prey animals would be constructed to give as sensible a version of the world as the one we see - except there wouldn't be the blind spots. And its interesting to think of how an insect - a dragonfly, for instance - would see the world, with eyes of a totally different structure from our own; yet they can see well, as evidenced by their ability to catch prey. And have you ever watched a preying mantis rocking its head and body to and fro, sizing up a prey morsel and preparing to strike?<br />
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Thats interesting and i never really thought about it myself