Definition of echolocation
: a physiological process for locating distant or invisible objects (such as prey) by sound waves reflected back to the emitter (such as a bat) from the objects
Recent Examples of echolocation from the Web
The idea is to have the dolphins use echolocation to find the last remaining vaquita porpoises and then corral them into a safe breeding ground.
Orcas seek and find their prey by echolocation, which can be overwhelmed by the racket of container ships and whale-watch boats and other vessels.
These blasts are deafening to animals underwater and are already known to have consequences for marine mammals, many of which depend on echolocation to communicate and hunt.
Just what makes bats special is still unclear; there are many competing hypotheses, from a primitive immune system to echolocation creating droplet clouds that help spread viruses.
This no-contact-necessary sensor uses echolocation technologies to track your breathing, heart rate, sleep cycle, and more from your nightstand, then compiles that data to give you personalized suggestions on how to maximize your snooze time.
For age 6 and older, learn about bats using a detector and an echolocation.
Let’s find bats night hike For age 6 and older, learn about bats using a detector and an echolocation.
To track that system, Badgely, Petit and team used radio echo technology, similar to the echolocation of bats.
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