One Ping Only, Vasily*
Friday, July 17, 2009 | Author: eventer79
Friday Fun Fact!

Bats, as you probably know, are echolocators -- they navigate and find food by emitting high-pitched squeaks and listening as the squeaks bounce of obstacles in front of them, just like a dolphin or, say, a Russian nuclear submarine.* Sucks if you are a tasty little moth flitting around and reflecting these squeaks, for you are destined to be dinner.

One species of tiger moth, however, isn't taking this one lying down (OR flying around!). They emit some clicks of their own which effectively jam the bats' radar, confusing the bats and giving the moths a chance to find safer airspace.

Or maybe the moths are just announcing their desire to defect to the bats' sovereign nation??*

*Should you have no idea what these refer to, may I express my sorrow at your gap in totally awesome movie knowledge. Bonus points if someone can name the movie.
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5 comments:

On July 18, 2009 at 5:43 PM , Clair said...

Hunt for Red October. Can I win an orange?

 
On July 18, 2009 at 6:22 PM , eventer79 said...

For you Clair, I'd go as far as a grapefruit. If I only knew how many stamps it took to get to Antarctica.

 
On July 18, 2009 at 9:26 PM , lifeshighway said...

Please, throw me a hard one. Pick something that does not have Sean Connery in it.

 
On July 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM , eventer79 said...

AHAHAHAHAHAH! I knew it...

 
On July 20, 2009 at 9:30 AM , Belgian-Mom said...

Yeah, really. Great movie...oh, and the moth thing is cool too. :)