When it comes to animals, there is usually something that makes them stand out against the others. What about their level of noise? It turns out these could be the 5 loudest animals on the planet who stand out for some very vocal reasons.
It’s no secret that birds can be pretty loud. However, the kākāpō, a native bird in New Zealand, takes things to new levels. They are flightless and nocturnal, with a host of records under their belt. To start, they are the heaviest parrot coming in at 4.85 pounds. They are also the longest-lived bird, with some reaching their 90th birthday. To top it off, the kākāpō can call as loud as 132 decibels. Kākāpōs really know how to make an impact on the world.
The largest animal on Earth also comes in as one of the loudest animals on the planet. That’s right; we’re talking about the blue whale. Their calls have been recorded up to 188 decibels, with humans withstanding pain in their ears up to 120 decibels. So why don’t we hear blue whales? That’s because they live under the sea. If we did, too, then we would be able to hear them up to 1,000 miles away.
It’s not just one cicada that’s one of the loudest animals on the planet as there are two species of the big: yellow Mondays and greengrocers. The males are the louder of the species as they can make noises up to 120 decibels. While it often sounds as though they are screaming as loudly as they can, they are actually vibrating part of their exoskeleton found on their abdomen. However, they never get their calls confused, as the sounds are species-specific to ensure they only attract suitable females.
Tiger pistol shrimp
Being a Mediterranean shrimp hasn’t stopped the tiger pistol shrimp from being one of the loudest animals on the planet. However, it’s not their mouths or bodies that make the sound. Instead, the tiger pistol shrimp makes a sound that’s been recorded at over 200 decibels through a jet of water it shoots with its giant claw. This creates an air bubble that can end another shrimp up to six-and-a-half feet away and rupture a human eardrum.
Greater bulldog bat
You’ll have to travel to the Caribbean if you want to find the greater bulldog bat who has an unusual diet of fish. This means their echolocation needs to penetrate the water as well as the air and can reach up to 140 decibels. Sadly, humans can’t hear these sounds as they are ultrasonic and outside of our hearing range, but that might not be a bad thing if they’re that loud.
The loudest animals on the planet all have one thing in common: their noise levels. However, they differ when it comes to how they get their name on the record tables, as each has its own way of creating sounds that make them stand out above the rest of the animal kingdom.