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NEXT UP: 1st seed Moose (Artiodactyla: Alces alces) vs.16th seed Greater Bulldog Bat (Chiroptera: Noctilio leporinus). This battle was a team effort with @je_light #2019MMM
What in the world is a bat doing on the Waterfalls division? Well, those of you that did your research will know that the Greater Bulldog Bat is adapted for piscivory, or fish eating, in tropical lowland habitats #2019MMM
Greater Bulldog Bats have huge feet that they use to skim across the surface of the water and scoop up fish. To find the fish, the bats use complex echolocation calls to detect the surface of the water and then the fish beneath the surface (Hood & Jones 1984) #2019MMM
Once they catch a fish, Greater Bulldog Bats pop the fish into their mouths, chew a bit, & then store the fish bits in their cheek pouches. That's where the common name "Bulldog" comes from: cheeks like a bulldog #2019MMM
Here's a Greater Bulldog Bat hunting in Panama smithsonianmag.com/science-nature… (also, learn about Elisabeth Kalko here onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.11…) #2019MMM bulldog bat hunting mechanics
Moose also have aquatic adaptations! Their long, slender legs & wide, spreadable toes help them paddle through water or stay above heavy snowfall (think snowshoes!). #SeasonalStruggles #2019MMM winterberrywildlife.ouroneacrefarm.com/2016/04/17/moo… Moose snowshoesA camera trap photo of a moose, with long moose legs
Moose are listed by IUCN as "of least concern" & are native to the Holarctic region, the area with most of the habitats on the northern continents. Connections at the Bering Strait = these animals have a wide range of homes #WordPlay #2019MMM iucnredlist.org/species/560032… the range of the moose is quite large
The big moose nose has a set of valves that close underwater AUTOMATICALLY in response to water pressure. This means that moose can feed underwater without flooding their nose or accidentally inhaling water #UnderPressure #2019MMM pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d723/81e86cb9f…
Tonight, our battle is in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Anyone dealing with the Bomb Cyclone right now? Well, Winter Storm Ulmer just passed over Colorado & conditions are.....COLD #2019MMM
Our Moose is not bothered. Snow? Blizzards? Pah, that's nothing #2019MMM
Greater Bulldog Bat, however, is not adpated for this weather. He's trying to fly through the blizzard & find somewhere safe to roost, but he's also just getting very sleepy... #2019MMM cdc.gov/disasters/wint…
A particularly strong gust of wind hits the 90g bat & sends him tumbling into a snow bank #2019MMM
The snow slowly starts to bury the motionless Greater Bulldog Bat. A large bull Moose investigates. #2019MMM
Expecting a pinecone, Moose noses the fading Greater Bulldog Bat, bathing the bat in moist exhale that turns icy in the blowing wind, further lowering the bats core temperature #BulldogBatsicle #2019MMM
Moose rolls the bat, snapping one wing and burying its tiny body in the slushy snow. #2019MMM
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