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Smelling Definition

Smelling is using noses to get information about odors. For example, garbage smells bad.

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The Five Senses

Fun Facts

  • Mice use smell to find food and watch out for danger.
  • Snakes "smell" with their tongues.
  • Many animals use noses to smell better than humans.

Why Do We Need To Know About Smelling

Learning about smell helps us understand how people and animals interact with their surroundings. This sense is important for many jobs. For example, wildlife biologists need to know about animals’ strong sense of smell to study their behavior and help keep them safe. This shows that smell is key in protecting wildlife.

In jobs like truffle farming, making perfumes, and checking food safety, smell is very important. Truffle farmers use pigs to find truffles because of their great sense of smell. People who make perfumes or flavors rely on their ability to smell to create products that people like. Understanding how smell affects taste helps those in food safety ensure food is good to eat. The sense of smell is widely useful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are senses?
Senses are the ways that animals and plants can get information about the world around them in order to meet their needs and survive.
What are the body parts we use for our five senses?
We use our eyes for seeing, our ears for hearing, our noses for smelling, our tongue for tasting, and our skin for touching.
What are some ways that animals in the wild use their sense of sight?
The tiger uses its two eyes to hunt and find food. The spider uses its many eyes to watch for danger. There are many examples and sometimes an animal can use the same sense in many different ways.
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