Have you ever tried to identify an animal just by gazing into its eyes? Now’s your chance. We’ve rounded up some animal photos to try to see how well you can identify each species just by looking at their beautiful peepers. On the first slide, we’ll show you a close-up shot of their eye and then a full photo of the animal in the second slide.
How many species can you correctly guess?
Hint: This creature is probably way better at catching fish than you.
Puffins have a wide, owl-like vision made to help them find small surface prey on the water. Puffins spend much of their time on open water so they have to be good at maximizing their fishing skills. These lovely birds can be found in several places across the northern hemisphere.
Which animal is this?
Hint: This one typically lives to be about 40 years old.
You could’ve almost mistaken that one for a person’s eye — and you wouldn’t have been far off! The bonobo is a close relative of the chimpanzee and humans and is found mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Unfortunately for them, their vision also worsens as they age, just like ours does.
How about this eye?
Hint: An NHL team uses this species as its mascot.
Honestly, it looks a little like a cat to me but this is a coyote’s eye. These canids are mostly nocturnal hunters and so have strong night vision. They’re pretty cute, too, as long as you’re not prey that’s being chased by one of them!
Hint: You’ll want to avoid this one if you spot it in the wild.
Who might this be?
Hint: These guys can have more than 100 teeth.
Although similar to dolphins, porpoises are smaller, with triangular fins and shorter faces that have no beaks. With eyes on both sides of their head, they have two fields of vision. This guy looks kind of sleepy!
Hint: You could spot this one on a hike through the outback.
This little eye belongs to a possum, not to be confused with the North American opossum. The possum is found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Sulawesi and China, and is more closely related to a kangaroo. With peepers as wide open as these, this guy isn’t missing a thing.
How about this mesmerizing eye?
Hint: You might have had one as a pet.
You’d probably have known this one if you’ve ever had an iguana at home. It’s a species of many cool tricks. This colorful lizard actually has a third eye on top of its head that can sense light or dark and helps detect predators.
Do you know which popular animal this is?
Hint: This animal can only be found on one continent.
It’s Australia’s most famous resident! Koalas don’t have the best vision, but they have a stronger sense of smell to help pick out food. They’ve also got great hearing, thanks to those big, furry ears.
Which animal’s eye is this?
Hint: There’s a good chance you’ve already seen one of these in the wild.
That pretty eye belongs to a mallard duck. Ducks have a 340-degree field of vision, good near and far eyesight, and a third eyelid for extra protection! You may know that male and female mallards look different from one another, but did you know they sound completely different, too?
Recognize this animal?
Hint: This eye belongs to a master hunter.
This big-eyed big cat has great vision, including at night for hunting. Its diet includes deer, capybaras and other sizable animals. Jaguars are typically found in Central and South America, and can be all-black or spotted.
Hint: Here’s another one you may have had as a pet.
Toads and frogs have incredible night vision. They can see in color even when it’s pitch black. And, no, you won’t get warts from handling them!
Recognize this peeper?
Hint: This guy could pretty much chew through anything.
Answer: Bull Shark
This shark, along with tiger sharks and great white sharks, is a breed known for attacking humans. Also, sharks, in general, have much better vision than they were once thought to have. So it’s a good idea to stay alert if you even think there could be one them around!
Recognize this animal?
Hint: You’ve almost definitely seen one of these in person.
Those big sweet eyes belong to a Holstein cow. When cows have their heads down, they have almost 360-degree vision. Humans have relied on these beauties a lot throughout history, and they are happiest when they have other cows to socialize with and plenty of grass to eat.
Hint: This creature has incredible jumping abilities.
You might even have one sitting next to you right now! Cats have excellent night vision, but are thought to see a smaller range of colors than humans do. Their big, lovely eyes are one of the things that have made cats so popular with humans for centuries.
Which species is this?
Hint: No, that’s not a human eye.