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It's one of the most fabled talents in the animal world – elephants' ability to "talk" via rumbles in the earth. Now zoologists in Namibia are trying to harness these seismic social calls - to lure rampaging males back to safety.


 mating communication elephant infrasound
They have been monitoring communications between animals that cannot be heard by human ears. The elephant's trumpeting call will be familiar to most people, but the animals also emit growls. Their growls, however, are only partly audible; two-thirds of the call is at frequencies that are too low to be picked up by our hearing.


 language elephant signal infrasound
Researchers are now lifting the veil on the elephants' secretive lives, and they are doing so by listening to the rumbles in the jungle.


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