We’ve listed those with the best hearing, and the most unconventional hearing. Now, we want to know what the top 10 loudest animals are! A human feels physical pain when they are exposed to sounds over 120dBs, so these animals are best given a wide birth if you’re lacking in appropriate ear protection!
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! A lion’s roar is an infamous sound in both the human and animal kingdoms, especially with Leo the Lion being used in the famous MGM opening credits. A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles and can reach a level of 114dBs. A lion will use its roar to establish dominance and territory over other lions.
Persistence is the key when it comes to Hyenas. The laughing cackle have been known to kill lions in order to get what they want and need to survive. The whooping sounds they produce while hunting can be as loud as 112dBs!
The most famous howl in the animal kingdom comes from the Grey Wolf! Between 90 and 115dBs and with the ability to travel up to 50 square miles, the Grey’s Wolf’s howl is a phenomenal sound. Similarly to lions, a wolf will howl to establish their territory and to communicate with other wolves.
Not only do they have some of the best ears and hearing in the animal kingdom, they’re also one of the loudest! As well as their trumpeting sounds, they can also emit infrasonic sounds that can travel for an impressive 10 miles! The frequency cannot be heard by humans but can reach as loud as 117dBs!
The second most famous animal for their howling, the Howler Monkey! With the howls reaching up to 128dBs, covering an area up to 3 miles, it’s no wonder these noisy monkeys have made our top 10! The Howler Monkey is a particular social creature, communicating with other animals and members of their group with a variety of different sounds.
These birds branch off from the parrot family and are flightless, nocturnal and the heaviest parrots (weighing in at 2-4 kg). They are the loudest birds in the world and they can live up to 90 years. The male’s mating call can travel up to 7km and can reach up to 140dBs!
Green Grocer Cicadas
The loudest insect in the world! Using their singing voices to attract mates, the Green Grocer Cicada can produces sounds that are in excess of 120dBs. These sounds can travel up to a mile. The insect uses a drum in their stomach along with the contraction of their internal muscles to produce the sounds. When the insects group together, they can confuse birds with their mating song.
Bats use sound to make their way around and to hunt. This ultrasonic hearing is called echolocation which uses sound vibrations to paint a sound map of the bats surroundings. The loudest member of the bat family, the Bulldog Bat can reach sounds exceeding 140dB. Your hearing is safe from these animals though, the sounds they produce are ultrasonic and have a range well above that of a human.
Tiger Pistol Shrimp
Native to the sunny Mediterranean, the Tiger Pistol Shrimp is among the loudest of the animal kingdom. They can produce sounds louder than a gunshot, weighing in at 200dB! When on the hunt for its prey, a Tiger Pistol Shrimp has a large claw that produces jets of water, which creates an air bubble. When the bubble implodes, the shock wave produced (which is louder than a whale’s call) can kill any shrimp or fish that are 2 metres away. As the bubbles collapse, they reach the temperature of the sun!
Whales like to sing and whistle to communicate. A whale’s whistle (the Blue Whale, in particular) can reach up to 188dBs and can travel up to 500 miles! The sounds they produce are louder than a jet engine and are a lot louder than a human ear would be able to tolerate! The loudest species of whale is the Sperm Whale, whose clicking sounds can reach 230dBs! Although these clicks only last a little over 10 milliseconds, another Sperm Whale can hear the clicks up to 10 miles away!
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