Jun 23 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Children of the night. What music they make!


This one isn’t about the picture; go listen to the singing of the bats.


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  1. 1
    Dick the Damned

    I wondered why bats had such messed-up noses. Two possibilities are indicated here.

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    It would have been remarkable for an animal that depends of such a sophisticated use of sound who also often lives in very large groups that they would not use sound for other things besides navigation. Very cool that they are now receiving the attention they deserve.
    the song are fascinating
    uncle frogy

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    Gregory in Seattle

    What UncleFrogy said. I find myself wondering about whether the “silent” bats might be making the same noises, but in a range we cannot hear.

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    Pierce R. Butler

    Those can’t be real – not a single “Na na na na na na na na”?!?

  5. 5

    Absolutely awesome.

  6. 6

    Very interesting. They even had my dogs listening.

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    chigau (違う)

    My cat didn’t like that.
    She just went elsewhere.

  8. 8

    Anyone who’s lived around bats know that they make beautiful music.

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    - For whatever reason, I’ve always found bats to be beautiful creatures. And I’ve also been saddened by how misunderatood they are, in a way similar to rats, another creature of whom I’ve awlays been particulaly fond. (My fondness for octopusses and cuttlefish caused me to accidentally find this site… everything connects somehow.)
    - Seeing this post, I was reminded of a recent experience: I was driving late at night in the Seattle metro area, and while making the curve of an off-ramp I was joined by a beautiful, large brown bat. I’d NEVER seen one in this area before. Her, or his, flight was elegant in a way I wouldn’t have imagined.
    - It was a brief, but still one of those singular and dreamlike moments that stick regardless of duration.
    - A glorious creature. Misunderstood and underappreciated as so many are.

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    Thank you, wonderful songs.

    One of our cats started paying attention when the pipistrelle song played, they are fairly common round here (Cornwall, UK). As an aside now I am older is is annoying that I can no longer hear the bats chirping.

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    There are lots of large fruit bats in my part of the world (Brisbane). They’re called flying foxes, because that’s what they look like.

    I like seeing them around, except when they bicker with the possums in the fruit trees in the middle of the night.

    They’re big too – 80 to 100 cm wingspans are common – and their wings really “whoop” when they take off.

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    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Are they frightbats?

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    I live near a large colony of flying foxes (in Melbourne). There are tens of thousands of them hanging from trees up and down the mighty Yarra river for hundreds of metres, making a racket during the day with their complaints and arguments, then flying off in waves to raid our backyards for food at night. They’re noisy, they wreck the trees and the whole area stinks of ammonia. It’s fantastic! I often take international in interstate visitors to see our bats.

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