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Bats in the Cenote
Recordist: George VladYucatán, Mexico
Recommended charity: Reforestaction
Listen to bats fly, their leathery wings flapping fast as they hunt mosquitoes and other insects. Occasionally there will be audible squeals and even a quick scuffle. Bat flight is punctuated by the occasional drop in the clear water. In the background, soft but very tonal wind blows continuously. All of this is brought together by the complex acoustics of the cave, with beautiful but claustrophobic echoes. Caves are lively places full of interesting sounds. The soundscapes might not be too biodiverse or lush but they’re fascinating in a different way.