Elephants Communicate Through the Ground

Several elephants would freeze simultaneously, sometimes in mid-stride, and would press their front feet into the ground. They might also roll a foot forward so that only their toes touched the ground. At other times, they would lift a front leg. … For example, they responded appropriately to an alarm call from another elephant by assuming their defensive posture of bunching and freezing. Elephants can close their middle ear canal, forming a closed acoustic tube which enhances bone conduction and blocks out acoustic sound, helping the elephant focus on the vibration pathway. They have an acoustically designed foot, with a thick fat pad that perhaps helps in the transmission or conduction of vibrations.

via How elephants ‘talk’ to each other through the ground.

Published by Andy

Gay Hoosier Taurus INFJ ex-playwright pianist gymbunny published author in San Francisco.

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