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Ducks can sleep with one hemisphere of their brain awake and the other sleeping in order to stay aware of predators.

Ducks can sleep with one hemisphere of their brain awake and the other sleeping in order to stay aware of predators.

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DankJarSouls
DankJarSouls
7 months ago

Same as dolphins

potatoefishy
potatoefishy
7 months ago

Sounds like me when my anxiety is in full blast

climber_and_cuber
climber_and_cuber
7 months ago

Source:

[https://www.gi.alaska.edu/alaska-science-forum/bird-brains-stay-alert-while-ducks-sleep](https://www.gi.alaska.edu/alaska-science-forum/bird-brains-stay-alert-while-ducks-sleep)

cyriac-t
cyriac-t
7 months ago

Ok so I actually did my undergrad research on this. Its called unihemispheric slow wave sleep. Many birds do it, dolphins (as mentions), and iguanas and some other lizards do as well. There are different theories as to why they do this. Most of them keep one eye open and one closed when sleeping so the best theory is that its a way to sleep and watch for predators. Another use is likely during migration. As it can only be properly studied in a lab with an EEG machine hooked up, its hard to prove but there is a large increase in its use during migration times in migratory birds.

onechanceforgoodname
onechanceforgoodname
7 months ago

”This is sewious!”

lil0ctupoos
lil0ctupoos
7 months ago

So can my mom.

IronGobz
IronGobz
7 months ago

This pose is called the ‘Jean Claude Van Duck.’

QuintoJinete
QuintoJinete
7 months ago

“Is it possible to learn this power?”

StarsKeys
StarsKeys
7 months ago

Ducks sleep? I swear mine run around quacking all night.

Klumbud_Maximus
Klumbud_Maximus
7 months ago

Well my dog caught one yesterday so I guess the little fella had a rough night prior.

Ps: She didn’t really bite down and the duck got away without being bloody and looked fine.
Our Shibe however is now even more excited when she sees ducks.

flowergirl769
flowergirl769
7 months ago

If I remember correctly I think this is also how they are able to migrate and fly such long distances!

Brainsong1
Brainsong1
7 months ago

Darned good trait to have.

EaterOfWorldsXII
EaterOfWorldsXII
7 months ago

Goddamn space marine duckies

seaturtle79
seaturtle79
7 months ago

This must be why I do not fall into a deep sleep any more – ever since I have had children. Aand yes, I have been called an airhead, maybe it should have been birdbrain.

Meems138
Meems138
7 months ago

However they suck at protecting themselves regardless

l17charlie
l17charlie
7 months ago

Wow! Did not know that. Cool fact!

famousevan
famousevan
7 months ago

Everyone should go, right now, and search “true facts duck”. Prepare to laugh and probably be horrified at the same time.

garden_of_steak
garden_of_steak
7 months ago

Humans do this too. Ever wonder why the first night you are in a new location it is so hard to get a good night of sleep? Turns out only half your brain sleeps at a time that first night. [https://www.popsci.com/your-brain-stays-half-awake-when-you-sleep-in-new-place/](https://www.popsci.com/your-brain-stays-half-awake-when-you-sleep-in-new-place/)

Naomitr
Naomitr
7 months ago

So do I!!!

texasrodeoguy
texasrodeoguy
7 months ago

So can my wife

Cedar_Buds
Cedar_Buds
7 months ago

We do something similar when we’re driving all the time. Our brains go on “auto pilot”. I’m not talking about self driving technology. We can drive (especially on long open roads) for miles/minutes at a time while not consciously being in control. Our eyes are open, and our body will still make the required steering adjustments to keep us in our lane, but it’s not anything like premeditated thought… and if suddenly an animal runs out in front of the car, we typically will snap out of our space trucker trance and have enough reaction time to successfully avoid making road pizza out of said critter.

Mamabat67
Mamabat67
7 months ago

Explains the way they walk!!

Azulcobalto
Azulcobalto
7 months ago

“Gotcha bitchas”

snoozatron
snoozatron
7 months ago

That duck has pizzazz.

basketcasey87
basketcasey87
7 months ago

I can’t even hear my alarm clock in the morning.

lute_hero
lute_hero
7 months ago

not sure but i feel like my cat does too. you could wave your hand at him from 6′ away and he’ll wake up after a few seconds.

Charsythe
Charsythe
7 months ago

Street smarts!

A_Rampaging_Hobo
A_Rampaging_Hobo
7 months ago

Like a Space Marine

ChknMcNublet
ChknMcNublet
7 months ago

I wish I could do that

blueflamestudio
blueflamestudio
7 months ago

So can mommas

Shenron-b_Grantin
Shenron-b_Grantin
7 months ago

That’s pretty impressive, although I’ve recently learned how to sleep with both my eyed open. God am I tired

iamdonatello
iamdonatello
7 months ago

I think I did this from ages 5-9 to make sure the boogeyman didn’t get me when I slept.

It worked

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alihassan9193
alihassan9193
7 months ago

Fluffy dinosaurs.

meme_dream_surpeme
meme_dream_surpeme
7 months ago

What does our brain do? Aside from make a bunch of rediculous simulations? Like when I got sexually assaulted by Mike Tyson in a dream.

Helexia
Helexia
7 months ago

It’s weird thing to be able to do. You don’t sleep like a normal person. You’re aware of your surroundings and the passage of time but you can also dream and remember dreaming. It’s being aware of both at the same time.

space0watch
space0watch
7 months ago

Duckolphins

SolomonKhalifa
SolomonKhalifa
7 months ago

Similar phenomena occurs with humans.

roughlyaverage
roughlyaverage
7 months ago

me worrying about my puts when i sleep

archwin
archwin
7 months ago

TIL ducks are space marines

yourbestbudz
yourbestbudz
7 months ago

I’m doing the same with teleworking. Half of my brain is sleep and the other half is listening for emails and Slack alerts.

twinsocks
twinsocks
7 months ago

He seems very surprised by this news

binx1227
binx1227
7 months ago

Don’t most Aves?

AvsWon33
AvsWon33
7 months ago

Does that mean he’s like, only good at math for those 8 hours, and only good at painting for another 8 hours?

Also, when both halves are awake is the duck like “Heck yeah! I feel whole-brained today! Ima get some stuff done! Ima change my life!”

elegant_pun
elegant_pun
7 months ago

Maybe not THAT duck, but other ducks can.

donut4days
donut4days
7 months ago

Look at that STANCE though

ekwipt
ekwipt
7 months ago

pretty sure my rabbit does this, it’s like they are never asleep

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Trap was set and I caught this seconds later.

Trap was set and I caught this seconds later.

She blends in with all the other felines

She blends in with all the other felines