At Get Bats Out, we’re not just passionate about helping people remove bats from their homes and offices—we’re also passionate about bats!
That’s why we love stories that talk about bat research. One story that came out just recently revealed that bats use more than just echolocation to help them navigate their surroundings.
For those who don’t remember, echolocation is the process of emitting a sound and listening for it to rebound back to determine distance. It’s the inspiration for the SONAR technology used in submarines.
Polarized Light for Navigation
Anyway, the new ability discovered in bats is their use of patterns of polarized light in the sky for navigation. They can calibrate their internal magnetic compasses using the pattern of sunlight scattered throughout the atmosphere. Directional sunlight and polarization patterns change based on the position of the sun throughout the day.
It’s not yet clear how they detect polarized light, but there’s precedent for this in insects such as bees.
We love learning more about these amazing creatures and seeing advancements in our understanding of the natural world. I hope you enjoy it too!
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