What does a magnetic field feel like?

In summary, dogs have been found to be able to sense and respond to the Earth's magnetic field, making them the first mammal to exhibit this ability. This discovery suggests that dogs may have a higher level of consciousness and understanding than previously thought, as they are able to orient themselves based on natural magnetic field variations. The mechanism behind this ability is still being studied, but it may involve the cryptochrome protein found in the eyes of some birds and humans. Additionally, it is still unclear why dogs tend to turn around before relieving themselves or why they may test multiple spots before finding a suitable spot. Further research is needed to fully understand the extent of dogs' magnetoreception and its implications for their behavior.
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Birds - and now dogs - have been found to sense Earth's mag field. What does that feel like?
https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2014/01/03/dogs-sense-Earth's-magnetic-field/"...the first study showing a mammal not only being able to sense it, but also to exhibit a specific behavior in response to natural magnetic field variations. "

In my view, dogs are nearer human consciousness than birds. They might be more relatable to us.

What do you suppose a dog feels when it senses the field and orients itself accordingly? Do you think it is conscious of the sense?
Similar to What is it Like to be a Bat? I suppose, but still...
 
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That's an interesting question.

Based on this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoreception

Some birds and humans have the cryptochrome protein in their eyes which can via a radical pairs mechanism CIDNP create a bluish light. This means that if you could see the field you might see a bluishness in some preferred directions.
 
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The dog study. Too complicated for me.
https://frontiersinzoology.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1742-9994-10-80

No mention of why dogs tend to turn around several times before doing #2.
Or why one spot looks good, but isn't, and the dog goes to search out and test another spot of possible acceptable quality.
 

Related to What does a magnetic field feel like?

1. What is a magnetic field?

A magnetic field is an invisible area around a magnet or electric current where magnetic forces are exerted on other objects.

2. How do you know if you are in a magnetic field?

You can determine if you are in a magnetic field by using a compass. The needle of a compass will align with the direction of the magnetic field lines.

3. What does a magnetic field feel like?

A magnetic field does not have a physical sensation, but it can cause a force on certain materials, such as iron or other magnetic objects.

4. Can you feel the effects of a magnetic field on your body?

No, the human body is not sensitive to magnetic fields. However, some people with certain medical devices, such as pacemakers, may be affected by strong magnetic fields.

5. How does a magnetic field affect electronic devices?

Magnetic fields can interfere with electronic devices, causing them to malfunction or lose data. This is why some electronic devices, such as computers and phones, have magnetic shielding to protect them from external magnetic fields.

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