Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other's sonar while bug hunting

November 7, 2014 10:07 PM

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Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other's sonar while bug hunting

Scientists studying a common species of these flying mammals found that the bats, while competing for the juicy insects they call dinner, make noises that "jam" other bats that are using their sonar-like echolocation abilities to zero in on prey.

Echolocation - bouncing sound waves off objects - is how bats navigate in the dark while hunting, enabling them to find and catch elusive insects zipping through the nighttime air.

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