HEY, WAIT FOR ME FIDO
Since 373 BC when the ancient Greeks first noted that rats, weasels, snakes, and even centipedes fled the city of Helice days before the earth violently shook, people have believed that animals are able to predict earthquakes.
Did You Know:
The Chinese have long believed dogs and cats are able to predict quakes. In 1975, the city of Haicheng was evacuated days in advance of an earthquake based on the behavior of dogs and cats. An estimated 150,000 lives were saved.
Did You Know:
When the Tsunami of 2004 devastated the countries along the Indian Ocean, it took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, but animals faired remarkably well.
Stories like these lead many people to believe that animals have some kind of sixth sense.
Many scientists are still skeptical about the ability of animals to detect earthquakes.
Scientists who do believe animals can sense earthquakes don’t always agree on the animals’ “method.” Are they picking up electromagnetic waves the earth emits before a quake? Are they smelling gases? Can they feel early tremors too subtle for our senses? How do they know?
What do you think?
Dr. Coren believes that the dogs’ ability to hear at extraordinarily high frequencies allows them to pick up on the high-pitch sounds of rocks scraping and breaking beneath the earth, an event that precedes earthquakes. This idea was further supported by the finding that the dogs with floppy ears did not react as much as dogs with pointy ears. Floppy ears tend to block high-pitched sounds. Dogs with smaller head sizes were also better at picking up the sound than dogs with larger heads. It’s the same with other animals – elephants pick up low-frequency sounds well, while bats are better attuned to high frequencies.
So why do dogs become agitated when they hear rocks scraping underground? Do they understand its meaning? Do they know danger is imminent? Dr. Coren says no. It’s more likely that the sound to them is like nails on a chalkboard and they want to get away from it.
I think Dr. Coren, has a pretty good theory. I can believe that Dogs may be able to hear or possibly even feel the movement before we do. But I don't agree with her theory that they are only annoyed by it. I think they sense there is a real danger coming and that is why they leave.
Hmmmm. Now that I think about it, I haven't seen the racoons that come around here lately and the bunnys haven't been in the yard and I haven't even seen a snake.
Very strange, maybe it's time for me to gather up my family and take a little trip. Come on Missy, Micky, Kitty, oh can't forget my grandson. Boy get in the car.