Why Do Animals Have Whiskers?

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Published on September 9, 2022 by

In this video, Anthony Brown will explain why animals, like cats, seals, and rats, have whiskers. The main function of whiskers is to sense. Sensing is a method by which animals learn about their surroundings. A cat uses its whiskers when it wants to squeeze through a tight spot or navigate in the dark. Meanwhile, seals use their whiskers for finding food.

This video satisfies the 4-LS1-2 requirement of fourth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can: 4-LS1-2 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

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