I was always told that house cats have exceptional vision. Makes sense to me. After all, they need to be able to catch mice and escape from sneaky dogs. Of course, there are lots of animals with good peepers. Of all the species, do cats have the best eyesight?
I asked the folks of Yahoo! Answers which animal has the best vision and was treated to a variety of responses. Only a handful of folks cited sources in their answers, but those who did included solid links. For example, top contributor ZCT wrote that, according to his sources, eagles have the best vision. ZCT explains that eagles “have five times more vision receptors in their eyes than we do, and can spot a mouse from one kilometer away. Their vision is eight times sharper than a human.”
Not bad, but there were other opinions. Soff, another top contributor, wrote that the zebra spider may be the tops. According to a link she included, the zebra spider’s eyes “work as a telephoto lens. The retina inside the eye can move in 3 dimensions enabling the spider to look in all directions and focus on a subject.”
There are other contenders as well. Red-Beauvais believes it may be owls, who “have the most forward facing eyes and hence the best stereoscopic vision of all birds.” Randy, another responder, believes the title belongs to the Peregrine Falcon. And, last but not least, Spiritualseeker thinks that it all depends on how we define “best.” He notes that cats can see in low light, bats can “see” sound like radar, and snakes can feel and see while crawling.
Spiritualseeker has a point — I guess the answer depends. What say you? Which animal has the best vision? Leave your response below and be sure to include a link or two. Let’s see if we can find a definitive answer to this question once and for all.
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