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In terms of touch, tucked away in tiny pits in different parts of birds' beaks, and tongues, are numerous touch receptors.
Water, when it is moving, stimulates the touch receptors on the skin, increasing blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.
When you stroke your fingers over a surface, its structure triggers high-frequency vibrations in the finger, to which specific touch receptors, the Pacinian corpuscles, respond.