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11 animals that have a sixth sense

By: Bryan Nelson on Sept. 22, 2010, 1:20 p.m.
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Many insectivorous bats, often referred to as "microbats", are capable of using echolocation to catch their prey and for navigating through dark caves and the night sky.

They have a larynx capable of generating ultrasound, which they emit through their mouths or nose. As the sound echoes through their surroundings, sound waves bounce back and give the bats a radar-like "view" of their surroundings. In fact, these bats often have strange, wrinkled faces that function like an ear to better pick up the sound.