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Shark Sense of Smell

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    New York Hall of Science

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Shark Sense of Smell

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.

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


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • TryScience


  • All Rights Reserved, Nauticus, The National Maritime Center,


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