Most people know that bats use echolocation to maneuver around their surroundings. You learned it in grade school. We also know that this technique is not strictly unique to just bats. Other animals like Whales, Dolphins, and even some mice utilize this skill too. But there are other things about bats that have recently been discovered that prove just how extraordinary this creature really is. Bats fill the night sky with sounds of chirps and squeaks, and we are now beginning to understand the mysteries behind these winged creatures. Here are 10 amazing things that most people don’t know about bats. Enjoy!
They Are Expert Hunters
For the longest time, it was believed that bats could only detect prey that wasn’t moving. This was a huge disadvantage for the winged creature. So, most insects would stay completely still if they knew a bat was attempting to hunt them. A bat from South America disproved this theory, however. Research revealed that this bat was able to detect prey that was motionless by using a constant stream of sonar detection. The bat is able to tell if the object is edible or not within three seconds.
Bats Don’t Rely On Their Sense Of Smell
Most bats stick to a diet of just fruit, but how do they find plants when they only go out at night? It’s always been assumed that they were using their nose to sniff out plants because echolocation would prove to be unreliable in the dark. Shockingly, that’s not the case. Bats actually use the sound that is given off from plants to hone in on their location. It’s a difficult task, and only certain bats can do it, but it’s still fascinating how effective echolocation truly is.