Can Animals Predict Natural Disasters - The Connection Between Nature and Animals

Can Science Do a Better Job of Predicting Natural Disasters than Animals?

Do animals have a sixth sense to be able to predict earthquakes?

Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, forest fires, storms, and the list goes on. These are the natural disasters that make headlines too often in a year. Very often, it comes without sufficient warning. We are left powerless to protect ourselves against the violent, swift and arbitrary stamp that nature leaves in its destructive path.

With little that we can do in the battle with nature’s fury, we look to science to assist us in predicting anything that will offer us some shield against the torments we face from weather, and other planetary events. We view ourselves as the smarter species. We have technological advancements and scientific studies that help us understand what is happening. Yet, when you read stories like the Tsunami in 2004 in Thailand and learn that every animal that was free to move on their own, escaped the tsunami unscathed. According to Wikipedia.com the human death toll was nearly 228,000, many of whom were swept away from the tsunami waves.


Animals Have Been Known to Sense Natural Disasters

Wild and domestic animals can sense impending natural changes in the environment
Wild and domestic animals can sense impending natural changes in the environment | Source

Animals May Be a Good Forecaster of Events that Happen in Nature

Did the animals know beforehand? Do they have a sixth sense? Are they just more in tune with nature, than we are?  When we look to science for the explanation, they can’t give an answer because they don’t have empirical studies (observable, and specifically measured studies, done with a large enough population, that prove their hypothesis).  Science creates inventions to measure patterns that would help predict the natural occurring event. And there has been considerable progress when it comes to tornadoes, hurricanes, and even tsunami currents.  Science shys away from using animals to help predict what may happen next.  Scientists can’t predict most of what nature is about to do, but it does appear that animals may be good forecasters afterall.  

Earthquake Research receives only $50 million in Funding

A retired geologist  name Jim Berkland uses his knowledge about the planetary affects from the tides, moon phases, and gravitational pull may set off a fault that may be primed to shift.  He has a 75% success rate since 1980 of predicting major earthquakes.  Oh, by the way, he uses the lost dogs and cats  ads as a major part of his prediction. He has noticed that within a week or so prior to an earthquake, there will be a very significant increase in the number of dogs and cats that have run away from their homes.  He compares the average number of ads each day, and when he notices an increase, he believes there will be an earthquake. Berkland believes that the changes in the Earth, may make some pets more nervous  leading to more runaway dogs and cats.  Other geologists do not necessarily agree with Berkland’s hypothesis. The Chinese looked into this in the 1970’s, and had some success and some failures. A major earthquake hit China in 1975 and were able to evacuate Haicheng, the city that was affected hours before the tremors began.  But in 1976, The Tangshan earthquake killed 242,000 plus, and the animals did not predict it.  China has been studying animal behavior and natural events in order to help predict such things as earthquakes.

Berkland believes that animals may be reacting to an imbalance in Earth’s magnetic field that occurs from the pre seismic activity. Berkland believes all animals have ties to Earth’s magnetic field.  Even NASA believes that electromagnetic waves can be generated from the stresses in Earth’s rock.  This phenomenon is known as the piezoelectric effect.   Other geologists feel that these theories  may have too small an effect to be able to prove that animals can predict earthquakes. The science community has noticed that Berkland has many false alarms too. Earthquake programs get less than $50 million in funding, which is 1/10th of what an individual space shuttle mission gets.   Geologists are hesitant to spend their limited funds on testing the animal alarm theory.

A Geologist Can Predict Earthquakes With Animals

Animals Have Been Observed Behaving Oddly Before Nature Strikes

Going as far back to the ancient Greeks in the era of B.C., animals have been noted to anticipate natural disasters.  In 373 B.C. a Greek historian named Thucydides recorded dogs, weasels, centipedes, snakes, and rats in large numbers escaped the city of Helike (Eliki). Within a few days an earthquake struck the city and it sank to the depths of the ocean.   In Tokyo in 1923, catfish were seen jumping out of the water shortly before a big quake hit Japan that year. It is believed that the catfish might pick up tiny changes in the electrical currents.
 
Many people have witnessed their pets behaving oddly before earthquakes. Prior to the earthquake in Sichuan China in 2008, zoo animals were acting unusual.  Some species like dogs can hear sound frequencies that may be related to the shifting of the earth.  Hippos can sense low frequency sound waves also.  Elephants and other animals might pick up the rumblings from the ground before they turn into a full force earthquake.


Scientists believe earthquakes are unpredictable and animals can’t predict earthquakes with any accuracy. There is the mind of the scientist and there is the mind of the animal lover.   Scientists need proof, animal lovers trust the instinctive nature of animals.

Animals and Predicting Nature

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Farm Animals Can Sense Storms Approaching

Farm animals behave differently before storms approach
Farm animals behave differently before storms approach | Source

Geologists Believe Many Animal Theories are Myths

In March 2010, The Journal of Zoology discussed 2 behavioral biologists, Rachel Grant and Tim Halliday who can document that animals have the ability to predict foreboding danger from nature. In Italy, April 2009, there were a large number of toads who left their breeding area 5 days prior to a 6.8 magnitude earthquake. They don’t understand yet how the toads may have known of the impending danger, but they have come up with a way of studying this further. Grant and Halliday had documented proof that the weather was not a factor in the frogs sudden disappearance. Temperature, wind, rain, and humidity were all within normal ranges.  It is believed the toad picked up signals from the environment, but the U.S. Geological Survey believes this to be a myth, doubt that this behavior could be used to reliably predict future tremors.  Grant and Halliday will keep studying the frogs to see if this phenomenon will be repeated.

Domestic Animals also Sense Nature's Changes

There are many stories of dogs and cats and other household animals' behavior changing
There are many stories of dogs and cats and other household animals' behavior changing | Source

Is it a Sixth Sense or Do They Use Their Five Senses Better than We Do?

Besides predicting earthquakes, on farms, chickens and other animals become nervous before a storm strikes. It is believed that animals probably do not have a sixth sense about meterological or earthquake event. Rather, it is believed, they use their five senses in a superior and more efficient way than human beings use their senses. Most animals can hear better, and they may be more in tune to nature than humans do. Hurricanes, for example produce sound waves at too low a frequency for humans to hear, but in a range, they are able to pick up. This could give the animal warning for an impending storm. Air and water pressures change with altered weather patterns and an animal may sense this difference. Changes in barometric pressures may indicate to the animal to go into a protective mode to seek shelter. It may merely be a survival instinct that allows them to perceive, what we cannot. In tropical storms, it has been noticed that even sharks swim into deeper waters, from a slight drop in the barometric pressure. Birds and insects also pick up the tiniest changes and will find safety in their nests, hives, rocks, etc.

Dog Barking Increased in Japan Prior to Many Earthquakes

A dog’s sense of smell could be as much as 100,000 times better than a person’s. Dogs have been know to be able to smell certain types of cancer in people. It has been said that dogs can smell fear. They may pick up that fear sense from other animals who perceived the impending disaster in a different way, or they may smell chemical changes in the air from the earthquake or other event. Scientists think some animals can see ultraviolet light and other sensations, we may not be aware of.

Some have watched animal behavior before winter arrives. American Indians used to observe where bears went to hibernate to determine the severity of the upcoming winter season. They would look at how deep the bear cave was, and look at the fur on the bear’s paws. Heavy fur would mean a snowier, colder winter.


Going back to several years ago, and prior to the series of events affecting Japan after the earthquake on March 11, 2011, a Japanese doctor, named Kiyoshi Shimamura had noticed an increase in dog bites and other odd dog behavior just prior to major earthquakes in Japan. Not only did dog bites increase, but excessive dog barking increased 18% in the months prior to an earthquake. At the epicenter, there was a 60% increase in dog barking complaints. Scientists refute that the dog barking may be related to seismic events. Animals may see birds fleeing, or unusual sounds or other mammals, and take these cues to mean something is happening. There are no clear answers as to what makes them know, but it is apparent they listen to their instinct. Science does agree that animals are responding to real perceptions from the environment, and do not think it is additional sense that enables them to react to what may be imperceptable to us. Few believe this is a paranormal event.

Animal Stories and the Tsunami in Thailand 2004

In all likely animals are better designed than we are, to pick up the slightest changes to temperature, sound, vibration, electromagnetic fields, atmospheric pressure changes and even chemical activity. This ability to sense these variations gives them a perceptive ability to survive great danger. This may be a highly developed aspects of animals, or it may be a basic primal trait that has enabled the species to survive millions of years.

Shortly before the Dec 26th tsunami in Thailand, about 12 elephants began trumpeting calls from a village 50 miles north of where the tsunami struck. It correlates with the timing of the 9.0 earthquake in the ocean. About an hour prior to the waves reaching shore and causing the massive destruction, elephants again became agitated, and ran for higher, safer ground. Flamingos, and other birds left the area well before the tsunami hit. In the Yala National Park, in Sri Lanka, an area very hard hit by the tsunami, all the wildlife from leopards and tigers, to bore, water buffalo, deer, monkeys, reptiles and elephants escaped to higher ground. No animal big or small was harmed by the tsunami. Witnesses said they saw dogs running to the hill tops way before any human even conceived that a tsunami could be arriving. Bats, which are normally nocturnal were awake and active about 30 minutes prior to the tsunami. People have told stories of their dogs refusing to go for their daily walk on the beach that morning. Monkeys were refusing treats of bananas, all prior to the tsunami.

Perhaps We Need to Stop Our Busy Lives and Listen to Nature

With all the sophisticated technology, we have, with our higher brain capacity, and with our ability to dive below the sea and zoom into space, it leaves the question, what did these animals know, that we did not, or could not perceive? With all the technology we have, scientists are not able to predict earthquakes. It is important to be prepared. We need to consider that animals, from mammals to birds and bugs have abilities we do not. Their senses are superior to us in many ways,and this allows them to perceive things we may not be aware of. Or maybe animals live closer to nature, they live simpler lives and perhaps they are more in tune with nature and themselves and these cues give them survival skills we have lost in our overly technological and busy lifestyles. While science looks for an explanation, the innate survival ability of animals large and small is something we all need to pay more attention to, and learn more about.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Japan and all the people around the globe who have loved ones in Japan. WE ARE ONE WORLD!

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Great hub, again.

I know by personal experience that animals and birds become aware of a quake before the event. Look at my profile page and you will discover that I was born in and for the first few years of my life, lived in an area in which there were quakes or at least, earth tremors, nearly every day.

I lived, with my parents in North West India in Quetta, Baluchistan, in present day Pakistan. It was a well known fact that before a quake, there would be utter silence; the birds and other animals would cease their cries and would remain stock-still as if they were listening or gauging the situation. There are hundreds of records by the “Native” population and the British, to confirm these occurrences.

Children are receptive to exterior phenomena more than adults, and I also could feel a change in what was going on.

Years later, when I was living in West Australia, I, on occasions, felt the same “stillness” that I had experienced in Quetta, and on more than one of those occasions, it was confirmed that there had been a “minor” earth tremor in the locality.

I have felt the same “feelings” since living in the UK, in London, which is not exactly a quite city, but it has been apparent that there has been a change in the “atmosphere”.


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Jungle Talk 5 years ago

Very good, and timely hub! The last paragraph is especially good, take time to listen to nature. We are all one and the people of Japan are very close in our thoughts and hearts.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I do think animals have some sort of instinct about weather, although it probably is no perfect.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Excellent hub. I'm a believer. I think animals can predict natural disasters. I also believe they have an instinct for illness.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Fantastic Hub!!! When I was living in California we lived in a trailer park at one point. about fifteen minutes before an earthquake one day all the dogs in the park started barking, then all at once they stopped just before the quake happened. I believe that animals do have a sixth sense when it comes to many things not just weather. Up and awesome!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

This is so amazing. I lived in Johannesburg for many years and there are fairly frequent seismic event there, mainly a result of the deep level gold mining. Fortunately they are relatively mild.

One thing we noticed was that we would hear dogs begin to bark more than usual just minutes before a tremor. We noticed this too often for it to be simply a result of coincidence, I think. Don't know if anyone has done a scientific study of this phenomenon here.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony


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andromida 5 years ago

I think we have a lot to learn from nature and the example you gave in this hub strengthen my believe that animals' senses are more powerful in some specific cases.Thanks a lot.voted it up:)


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Twilight, Thank you so much for sharing your stories. I wonder if you still get "feelings" because you became attuned to it from your childhood. I am glad you shared your experiences, they are very fascinating!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Jungle Talk, I am glad you appreciated this hub. I think we humans lose perspective that we are part of nature. We forget we share a planet and sometimes all we can offer is compassion and empathy.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Dahoglund, I think you are right, animals can sense and it probably is not perfect. But nothing in nature is perfect. I think animals can do it better than we can.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Fay, I agree, animals can predict natural disasters and illnesses. I have heard numerous stories of dogs sensing cancer in people before the person even knew anything was wrong. I am thinking about doing a hub about this topic too.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Susan, What a great story about the dogs warning about earthquakes. I don't think animals have a sixth sense, I think, they use their 5 senses better. I also think they pay attention to other cues, like maybe birds flying and the noises of other creatures. Whatever it is, there is value to paying attention to their behavior, just like you noticed the dogs barking.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Tony, your story is interesting too. No one seems to study dogs behavior before something may happen, because they don't get enough funding. At least you will pay attention, and if it should be worse than mild, follow the cues from those dogs.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Andromida, I agree with you. Nature and animals can teach us so much. I am glad you found value in this hub and thanks for the up votes.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Very interesting read. I do believe aminals have great instinct. It is interesting to read how they react prior to disaster strikes.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Ingenira, animals are fascinating and it there is so much more we could learn about them and from them.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Fascinating subject... I too believe that animals use their five senses far better than we do.. this is scientifically proven- they can sense more sound, light, smell etc. so why not predict the weather- this must have evolutionally developed as they have to fend for themselves in the outdoors. Humans have stopped using their instincts and senses due to increasing reliance on technology and consumerism.

Just like ho we will never put weight on if we had to hunt for our meat or spend hours harvesting our fruit and veg! Maybe supermarket aisles should keep moving.

Well written and compiled. voted up!


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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

I don't know about earthquakes, but when I am concerned about tornado activity or severe thunderstorms, I have only to monitor the birds' and animals' activities.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

this is a fascinating hub...it is a local adage where I live that when you start seeing ants in your house its a sign of impending rain.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Docmo, You are so right. It seems like the further we get from nature, the more we lose of ourselves. Thanks for the vote up.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi L.L., It is amazing to see how the animals behave before a storm. I have seen it with my dogs before a thunderstorm. I always figured they could hear the thunder before we did. Whatever cues they get, the animals know and we certainly should pay more attention to what they are doing.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Psy, I am glad you found this hub fascinating. It is amazing to me that even bugs can tell us what may be going on. Nature may have provided us with more than we realize.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi toknowinfo, very interesting and fascinating read, yes i do thing animals are more tuned in to nature than we give them credit for .

Awesome and vote up !!!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub....like any good debate both sides can make great points trying to prove their point....I am on the side that animals can tell something is coming....a very interesting and informative hub...voted way up


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Kashmir, thanks for stopping by. Anyone who shares their life with a pet, can easily see that our pets know more than we do. you are so right about them being tuned into nature. Thanks for the votes up.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Cogerson, I am very glad you liked this hub. It is a shame that animal instinct has to be debated, instead of accepted and learned more about. We would all gain so us humans would accept ourselves as part of nature, instead of above it, as some do. Thanks for the votes up.


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

Enjoyed this for I believe that all animals have this ability--if only man would STOP & OBSERVE--they were here first and nature is one of this earth. thanks!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yes, the animals know when to clear out. A violent tornado in Brooklyn, New York City is unheard of. But least year I had the 5pm news on and was here at my computer and watched a violent tornado cross my street bending trees in 1/2. Yet, the news report was not aware of it - they were talking about some nonsense. It took our meteorologist 24 hours to say yes, there was a tornado unprecedented in the city.

However, hours before that stunning bit of nature - I had emailed my neighbor at work and told her - it was eerily quiet outside and how strange. Of course, there were still the buses and cars but I realized later what was missing - all the chattering birds had cleared out and the squirrels and insects - this was the silence that was noticeable. We have hundreds of trees in the community - home to many - but they had taken cover hours before.

Even while people were calling the news station to send pictures of a tornado coming across the water from NJ - our meteorologists (lets' face it they are wrong at least 1/2 the time) - said it could not be a tornado because it does not happen in the city and most importantly - it was Sept. and there are no tornadoes in Sept. Huh? This monster storm ripped off roof tops and bought down tons of trees and limbs.

If ever I hear those sounds of silence - I will be sure to get off the street. The news report proved useless.

Great hub by the way - rated up!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Ginn, you said it. It makes perfect sense that animals would be able to predict what is going on in nature. Many components of the earth are in animals and in us. We share this planet and I believe there truly is a greater connection than has been acknowledged.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi BK, that was a great story! Next time you might even be tuned into dogs barking and see what that tells you. BTW, I live in New York too. Just the other side of Kennedy Airport in Long Island. The meteorologists are often wrong. Maybe we should suggest they substitute an animal for a weatherperson. When it rains cats and dogs we will know.


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jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

I belive animals can be a reliable source of predicting impending natural disasters.. Great hubs. Thumbs up


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Jojo, Animals can do so many amazing things. If only more people around the world would pay attention, we might make new discoveries about this phenomenon. Thanks for the nice comments.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

Great hub! As you say, the animal signs aren't perfect, but they are indicative. Personally, when I need to discard scraps in the middle of the night by throwing them in a canyon behind the house, I like to check with the cat. If she's at ease, sitting or sleeping, I figure there's no boogie man out there in the dark, and it's safe to venture out.


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Yes, I think most animals are aware of these changes in atmosphere etc, before humans. My cat goes mental when the weather changes. Up and useful.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Betty, Thanks for that story. I guess I should have included the boogie man factor in my hub too. But, you are right, pets tell us a lot about what is going on and they can really alert us to many things.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Amillar, Thanks for stopping by and the up rating. Hopefully,for you and your cat, the weather doesn't change too much in Scotland.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

That's very interesting about the dogs unscathed in 04 and the elephants! What else could it be. I don't care what science figures out cause they never will! I think it's a God given sense!


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Great and informative hub, yes I believe all animals sense pending danger.

God Bless


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

I'm a believer, I totally think animals can predict changes in weather, and have enjoyed reading all the above comments. Very interesting topic and presented very well, voted this one up and awesome.


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Amber Allen 5 years ago

I do believe that animals are able to use the senses they have to pick up on changes in the environment and understand what these changes mean.

Another great hub.

Amber:)


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Fossillady, If only scientists could admit that animals might be smarter than they are! Thanks for your contributing comments.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Vet, it all makes me wonder we humans could predict events also, if we connected better to our natural surroundings.


wendy87 5 years ago

thats why we should love and respect animals...animals are our friends...


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

I do believe animals have sensitive senses, it's natural, they live in the wild and have been trained, useful hub. Vote up.


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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

In the Indian Ocean tsunami 2004 aboriginal tribes living on small islands all survived because they knew from the tales of their ancestors that a certain behavior of animals means danger, and when these animals left dangerous areas they followed them.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Fantastic, a great hub from beginning to end.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Wendy, some animals are our friends, some may look at us as a snack. But I think all animals can tell us things that are helpful.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Aris, I think you are right about animal's senses. Even if it is basic survival skills, it helps protect them from the environment.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi NSJ, your story about the aboriginal tribes shows how we could all benefit from listening to animals, who might just know more than us about some things. Thanks so much for contributing such useful information.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. It motivates me to write more. Thanks for your kind comments.


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Anaya M. Baker 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub! We have occasional tornadoes in my neck of the woods, and whenever all the birds go silent we watch out!


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

I do believe animals have natural instincts that can predict certain things.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Oh my goodness, it's a long way down here. Sorry I'm late! This is another wonderful work and it's as usual. Thank you toknowinfo. Animals are sharper ion ways we can't comprehend. They are in tune in ways we aren't.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Anaya, It is amazing to watch the animals and see what they know before we do. Thanks for adding your comments.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Susannah, Is that you saying that or your dog? Either way, I agree with both of you.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Micky,

I am glad you liked this hub too. The world would be a lot better off, if we listened to the animals more. Thanks for stopping by.


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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks for a useful hub.

I believe that animals have a 6th sense which helps them survive.

I also believe that humans are also born with this 6th sense for I have witnessed infants get very restless when something horrendous was happening in our vicinity and only later did we adults get to understand what all that fuss was about at that specific hour.

In addition, I also believe that the conveniences of modern life rob us of the opportunity to develop this 6th sense. Perfect examples being alarms and dogs and guards who thankfully keep danger away from us and therefore we do not have rely on ourselves to discern approaching danger as much as our cave men ancestors had to.


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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Yes, I agree with almasi. I think we loose the abilities we are naturally born with because of the lifestyle we live in the suburbs. It is those instincts like being street smart that I am referring to. When we commune heavily with nature we tend to hear and see and feel things that we cannot usually. I think the animal kingdom has more acute senses then humankind. Animals can sense the smallest vibrations...and there are usually quite a few very minute vibrations that occur before a bigger earthquake. Animals can sense atmospheric changes...these occur before a huge storm that can spawn tornados and hurricanes. The migration patterns for birds and butterflies are a prime example. I think animals are always in tune to the environment, more so than we are. My cats know when there is the slightest change in anything in the house. Feline mysteries.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

We all need to be more in tune with nature and animals. The problem with people, is that we may not be as smart as we think we are. Animals can teach us a lot.


Rory 5 years ago

Nice last paragraph loved it


Rory 5 years ago

great for my research project


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Rory, Thanks for liking this hub and I am glad it is helpful for your research project.


Miniature Schnauzer 5 years ago

My schnauzer was very alert a minute before earthquake, so this is truth


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Mini, If we pay attention to our pets, they really tell us more than we listen to. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub and share your comments.


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mrkterhune 5 years ago

Great hub, Thanks for this information.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Mrkterhune, Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Jaminmama 3 years ago

Several years late... But I too wanted to say that this was a good article. In addition to farm and household animals, I am convinced that insects are the earliest of nature's warning signals! I live in Jamaica and I notice that yucky flies ( the big ones that follow garbage) and all kinds of outdoor ants, moths and spiders migrate indoors WEEKS before a major storm or hurricane. As I type there is a stream marching in, and all the bug spray isn't deterring them and I am watching to see if we have a hurricane this year.

I too am particularly sensitive to pressure changes and get bad headaches right before heavy rains.... But I can't predict major storms because they happen in the rainy season which triggers on going aches..so I can't distinguish between normal heavy rain and a hurricane. But I am convinced that the insects can. While I hope we don't get a major storm hitting Jamaica this year, the influx of insects have me worried.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago Author

Hi Jam, You are never late with comments as intelligent as yours. It is very interesting about your observation about insects and the possible correlation to impending bad weather. Someone commented on this article that when he sees ants in his house in Australia, he knows it will be raining soon.

I sometimes get those headaches when it is going to rain too. I call them barometric headaches. Since I wrote this, I was affected by Super storm Sandy this past year. I had a headache, but it wasn't any worse than other headaches I have gotten, it just persisted longer. My headache gave me no indication that this would be one of the worst storms. I was so busy preparing for the storm that I didn't have the time to notice if my pets could predict the storm, and I would rather not get another storm to test it out. But I do believe animals and insects have a much better instinct about weather than we do.

Thank you so much for adding such insight and valuable information to my hub.

Thank you


ali 2 years ago

Yes animals have the ability to hear frequencies over the border, which God gave to human beings, namely, (20 to 20000 pulse / sec .. it could be heard the voices we do not hear


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Venkatachari M 8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Great hub on prediction of natural disasters by animals. It is true, as per my experiences also, that animals sense disasters more prior to their occurrence than men do. Their eyes and ears and smelling senses are too sharp which make them predict things in advance and save themselves.

Congratulations for the HOTD award.


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Kristen Howe 8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Congrats on HOTD! This was really interesting and remarkable about how animals can sense and predict natural disasters, wild and domestic. This was a wealth of information that really made me curious about it. Thanks for sharing.


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toknowinfo 8 months ago Author

Thank you Venkatachari and Kristen for taking your time to comment on my hub about animals and their ability to sense things in nature. I appreciate your kind words and am glad you enjoyed reading this article.

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