Animals communicate in a wide variety of ways. Orcas have languages and dialects and lots of birds have different chirps to express different thoughts. Here are some of the most interesting ways in which animals communicate with one another.
1. European bison don’t communicate verbally much. When the group is looking to move, they don’t look to a specific leader. Instead any individual, regardless of age, will walk in a specific direction without stopping, and if the group agrees that it’s safe to move there, they will follow that bison until they stop.
2. Bullfrogs will croak especially loudly when they’re looking for a mate. Sometimes these croaks can be heard over a mile away. So if you live in an area with bullfrogs and they’re especially loud, that probably means they’re lonely.
3. Not only do orcas have different dialects depending on which area of the ocean they live in, but sperm whales do, too. Caribbean sperm whales click in a different way than those who live other parts of the Atlantic.
4. Treehoppers communicate through vibrating the stem or branch that they’re on. Scientists have found that there are a huge variety of different vibrations that they can use, and warn of danger and let the group know where there’s good food through these vibrations.
5. Mantis shrimp have 16 color receptors. Humans only have three. So only only can these shrimp see more colors than we can, but they put their abilities to good use. The primary mode of communication between Mantis shrimp are through flashing colors both inside and outside humans’ visual range, and reflecting these colors off of their bodies.
6. Scientists have been studying bat communication for a while, and they’ve discovered that bats can argue with one another. There are four major things over which they have disputes: food, sleep, personal space, and courtship.
7. Chimpanzees greet each other in much the same way that humans do: they touch hands. They don’t shake hands but the instinct is the same.
8. If you wanted any more proof that humans and apes are close relatives, just look at the way gorillas hum. When they are enjoying a nice meal, they will hum to communicate that they don’t want to be bothered and to express enjoyment of the food.
9. Prairie dogs have a very complex system of communication, and have specific sounds to indicate what type of danger they’re seeing. Researchers have found that they also can communicate differently based on what the approaching human is wearing.
10. You’ve probably heard whale song before, but did you know that they are actually singing to each other? It doesn’t just sound musical, they’re using sounds that rhyme and have a tempo, which could reinforce the message to any whales hearing it.
11. Ravens speak to each other using sign language. To do this, they move their beaks and wings, and scientists have noticed them talking about items such as twigs and stones, as well as a lot more we don’t understand yet.
12. Both swans and giraffes entwine their necks together during courtship and to show affection. However, swans also entwine their necks to fight. I hope both swans are always on the same page!
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