The 10 loudest animals on the planet

Have you heard the singing of a sperm whale? But the sound of an elephant you have surely heard, right? Well, these two are on the list of the loudest animals on the planet. Crackling, howling, intense hissing and many other noises are all characteristic of these animals. Check it out below.

1 - Sperm Whale

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The sperm whale ( Physeter macrocephalus ) is not only the animal that has the largest brain in the animal kingdom, but is also the most scandalous. And when it comes to noise, its size also matches the intensity of the sound it makes.

These whales emit a loud crack that lasts only 15 to 30 milliseconds, but can reach up to 230 decibels, up to 10 or 15 decibels stronger than a shot less than a meter away.

2 - The Prawn Shrimp

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The second position is the pistol shrimp, also called tiger prawn, which is small but makes a sound that is a weapon against its predators.

With its claws, it creates an acoustic pressure bubble that can kill any fish near it, like a violent shockwave. The bubble is accompanied by an "explosion" of about 200 decibels, which is more powerful than firing a weapon. You can check out more details about this animal in this other Mega Curious article.

3 - The fisherman bat

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Noctilio leporinus, better known as a fisherman bat, uses sound to move around, a common feature among bats. In addition to being guided by outside sounds, they also make their own noise, which can be quite loud among animals.

The sound the bat-fisherman makes can reach 140 decibels. Nevertheless, it is not noticeable by the human ear as the frequency is above 20 kHz, with an emission of 15 to 200 kHz.

4 - The cicada

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Cicadidae, better known by the name cicada, is also very noisy and you may have heard it often, especially in summer. This sound can reach 120 decibels and can be heard two kilometers away.

Its emission occurs in the stridulatory system, which is located in the abdomen. This region has chitinous membranes known as timpani and air sacs, which act as a sounding board and create that distinctive sound.

5 - The kakapo

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The kakapo is a species of New Zealand nocturnal parrot that is endangered. He is also famous for being the only kite that cannot fly. On the other hand, he is quite scandalous. Its mating scream can reach 132 decibels, reaching a distance of six and a half kilometers.

6 - Howler Monkey

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It's not just wolves howling. This genre of primates also makes such sounds, so much so that they are also called howling monkeys. Their howls can reach 128 decibels and can reach an area of ​​5 km. The howling of a howler group simulates the sound of the wind, but much more powerful and stable.

7 - The elephant

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It can annoy a lot of people and many other animals yes, but for its shrill sound. Elephants are very intelligent and use various sounds to communicate. Most famous is what sounds like trumpets, which they make when they are angry or very excited. Its intensity is 117 decibels, being noticeable 16 kilometers away.

8 - The gray wolf

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Famous for its howling, the gray wolf makes its distinctive sound that can be heard by other wolves at a distance of up to 190 kilometers! The intensity ranges between 90 and 115 decibels. According to an article in Current Biology, howling is a reflection of the quality of relationships between members of a herd.

9 - The hyena

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She is reputed to make a sound that sounds like a laugh, creating a perception that she is a nice animal. However, the hyena is one of the most butchered animals in the world and has the most powerful bite among mammals. This fake “laugh” we talked about earlier is its distinctive sound, which is very similar to a macabre villain's laugh. This noise can reach 112 decibels.

10 - The Lion

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Of course, the king of the jungle could not be left out. A lion's roar can be as high as 114 decibels. Thus, he marks his territory and sends away the rival males.

* Originally posted on 26/09/2013 .


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