The Biggest Science Myths Debunked

Bats Are Blind

#16 Bats Are Blind

It’s a common perception that people believe bats to be blind. However, all this time they have been wrong. Owing to the fact that their eyesight is very poor, bats cannot perceive their surroundings clearly in the absence of light. But that doesn’t mean that bats cannot see; they merely cannot see in the traditional sense.

Bats use echolocation to map their surroundings and even find their prey. Similar to how a submarine would work using SONAR, bats are – in fact – so good with echolocation, that they can swerve mid-flight to dodge obstacles around them.

To put things into perspective, bats don’t see as much as they hear. And they hear on a level we humans cannot achieve.

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