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Questions tagged [echolocation]

The use and interpretation of sound waves to aid in navigation. Used mainly by bats and toothed whales.

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How could a bat get stuck on fly paper?

A recent news article says The brown long-eared bat, which weighed just nine grams, was found stressed, stuck and "sore" after flying face first into the sticky trap. Source, BBC news November 2018 ...
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How and why did bats and dolphins develop echolocation?

By how and why, I mean, what factors pushed them to develop echolocation and how did the intermediate stage (before a full-fledged echolocation system was developed) look like?
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insect paralysis in response to predator echolocation frequency

I remember a case in which some insect had evolved an adaptation in response to a predator's (bat's?) echolocation frequency. In mid-flight, it's wing muscles would become paralyzed and it would ...
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What do bats do if played ultra sound?

If there are bats flying in the cave, and I play the same pitch they use to echolocate from a speaker, what would the bats do?
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Can bats echolocation discern what insects they are preying on?

Insectivorous bats feed on many different types of insects such as mosquitoes, moths, beetles, and bees. According to the Bat Conservation Trust, bats can discern insects from other objects but I'm ...
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What effect does a bat's echolocation have on other bats?

Bat echolocation is a perceptual system where ultrasonic sounds are emitted specifically to produce echoes. By comparing the outgoing pulse with the returning echoes, the brain and auditory nervous ...
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If dolphins can see sound, can they say images?

Dolphins determine their surroundings by listening to echoes. Can they mimic those echoes and communicate it to other dolphins, transmitting an "image"? Does the same go for all echolocators?
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Does this recording sound like the pulses emitted by bats?

Out of curiosity, I recorded sounds in an area with lots of bats, hoping to be able to "hear" the bats communicating by lowering the ultrasound to a level down to the frequency which can be heard by a ...
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How can bats achieve good resolution with wide beams?

I have been reading about the echolocation system in bats. papers state that bats tend to produce a sonar beam that has a beam angle (-3db) of about 30-40 degrees. This would be considered a wide beam ...
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Are there echolocating insects?

Echolocation is the ability to obtain spatial information of the surroundings from echos generated by the animal. There are bats and other vertebrates that naturally use it. I was wondering if this ...