FlipFact of the Day: Bats aren’t blind. In fact, some of them can see three times better than humans.
The phrase “blind as a bat” is an absolute myth.
While it’s true that most bats use echolocation via their advanced ears to hunt and navigate, having that ability isn’t necessarily a tradeoff with good vision. In fact, a lot of them can see pretty well, with visual acuity varying across species.
Under low-light conditions (for instance, during dusk and dawn), these winged mammals may be able to see better than humans, though color vision is a different story. Additionally, megabats (larger bats) can see thrice as well as we can.
Today’s Science History Milestone: On September 13, 1886, English chemist Robert Robinson was born. Robinson was awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on plant alkaloids.
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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco
Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.