The Top 10 Animal Superpowers
So you think Spiderman’s and Catwoman’s special powers are impressive. They’re nothing compared to what these creatures can do
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, December 06, 2012
This may be one of the oldest superpowers—the Greek god Zeus, after all, dispensed lightning bolts in between fathering dozens of children. Only a few creatures can accomplish anything like this. The best example, of course, is the electric eel—which is actually not an eel but a knifefish. The creature can generate 600 volts of electricity, enough power to run ten 60-watt light bulbs—and more than enough to kill. It does this with the help of several special organs. Inside each organ, several thousand cells produce a small amount of electricity that, when discharged, add up to a deadly shock.