• Question: Which animals are capable of hearing infrasound?

    Asked by GibGib to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 17 Nov 2014.
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      Kevin Motherway answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      Whales, Elephants and big mammals that have a skull large enough can all generate infrasound and are also evolved to hear it. Big speakers = big bass and low frequencies. So any animal with a large skull should be able to do it. Longer waverlengths peneterate a lot better and so are less prone to scattering. Submarines can pick up Very Long Frequency radio signals underwater!

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      Shikha Sharma answered on 20 Nov 2014:

      Hi GibGib,

      Guinea fowl; Cod; Cuttlefish; Octopus; Squid; Elephants; Whales; Hippos; Rhinos are few animals who are capable of hearing infrasound. Homing pigeons also use infrasound to navigate.