Bats are fascinating creatures—both from the point of scientific research and their place in the canon of the horror genre as spooky creatures of the night. Whether you love science or horror movies, this shot of bats streaming into the sky is either great or greatly fearsome.
A swarm of bats flying in the sky of Borneo has been captured in an incredible 4-minute clip. It’s believed that each night, around three million bats exit a nearby cave. As they fly, they stick together and form an incredible line, making it difficult for predators to attack them.
Bats are often prey for larger winged animals including hawks and owls. These predators can easily launch their attack in the air. Their mesmerizing movement looks like a wavering line in the sky.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. With extremely elongated fingers and a wing membrane stretched between, the bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand. Almost 1,000 bat species can be found worldwide. In fact, bats make up a quarter of all mammal species on Earth.
About 70% of bats consume insects, sharing a large part of natural pest control. There are also fruit-eating bats, nectar-eating bats, carnivorous bats that prey on small mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs; fish-eating bats, and perhaps most famously, the blood-sucking vampire bats of South America.
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