Bats – Sound trippers

November 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Birds | Leave a comment

One look and it’s clear to see that bats are extraordinary creatures. First and foremost, bat are mammals, not birds, which is why their bodies are covered with hair and not feathers. Also, bats are nocturnal animals, unlike most other birds.

Bats

Bats

The bat’s weirdest, and 10th most amazing on this list, characteristic is its ability to navigate the darkness with the use of soundwaves. Bats emit ultrasonic squeaks that bounces off of insects and other objects the soundwave comes into contact with. Then, from the echo, the bat determines the size, shape and distance of the object up ahead. Look Ma, no eyes!

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