Shark Sense of Smell

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This is an activity about our sense of smell and how it compares to sharks' super noses. Learners will create varying solutions of water and perfume. Can you smell a single drop of perfume in 500 ml of water? Sharks certainly can! The experiment uses only a few simple materials, and is a great way to begin talking about human and animal perception. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Six large jars or beakers
  • Red food coloring
  • Some cologne, perfume or other smelly liquid


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • smell

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience