The Kid Should See This

Filming bats with slow motion & thermal cameras

Studying bats can be smelly and messy, but bat biologist Nickolay Hristov explains why he finds his job to be such an exhilarating endeavor. As he attends to high speed cameras at a cave mouth in South Central Texas, several thousand Brazilian free-tailed bats per minute create a breeze that rustles his hair, and as Flora Lichtman explains, that’s not even “a fraction of the colony. Between 200-500,000 individuals live in that cave…”

With the help of technology, Hristov is innovating on the chiropterology front. A long-range laser scanner, high speed cameras, and portable thermal cameras are helping researchers study individual bat behavior, bat environments, and how bats are interacting with each other inside their pitch black caverns.

From Science Friday in 2012: To the Bat Cave!

There are more bat videos in the archives.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Rion Nakaya

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

Rion Nakaya

How volunteers hand-raised an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat

Rion Nakaya

A cliff wall full of dinosaur footprints in Spain

Rion Nakaya

Return of the Wood Frog – Invisible Nature

Rion Nakaya

Baby flying foxes in Australia’s urban parks

Rion Nakaya

Deep in the caves with Homo Naledi & the Rising Star Expedition

Rion Nakaya

Vampire Bats: Bloodthirsty … and Cuddly – Skunk Bear

Rion Nakaya

Octopus Camouflage! – Science Friday

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe