Amazon river dolphins are a strong part of Amazon folklore. Some say that if a person drowns, their spirit enters the body of a boto, while others say river dolphins transform into beautiful people at night to lure humans into their river forever. The magical shape-shifters will always wear a white hat to hide their dolphin blowhole!
Echolocation is the use of sound and echoes to sense the surrounding environment.
Animals that use echolocation emit sound waves, which then bounce off objects close to them. The animal then uses the direction of the returning echo and the time it takes to make it back to work out the location of the object, be it a physical barrier, prey item or another individual.
Do you know which animals echolocate? Find out below!
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Bats are the only mammals that can fly, but vampire bats have an even more interesting distinction — they are the only known mammals that survive solely on blood.
Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans.
Killer whales or orcas are considered to be highly intelligent and curious marine mammals. Despite their name, there have been no recorded human fatalities caused by killer whales in the wild.
The world’s smallest mammal. Tiny and mysterious, we need to know more about these rare flying mammals if we are to prevent their extinction.
They are very similar looking to the dolphin. However, the way to distinguish them generally is from: their smaller size; they have a rounder body shape and they lack the ‘beak’ of the better known dolphins.
Whereas rodents have gnawing incisors that grow throughout life, the teeth of shrews wear down throughout life.