Can Animals Predict Disaster?
Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Resources:

Animals and Earthquakes
http://animalsandearthquakes.com
Learn more about scientific studies on animal behavior preceding earthquakes. Read interviews with James Berkland and Motoji Ikeya, both featured in the film.

Infrasound
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrasound
Get the lowdown on low sounds from Wikipedia.

Fauna Communications
http://www.animalvoice.com/
Learn more about Liz von Muggenthaler’s studies on animal commmunication.

Elephant Rumbles
http://www.pbs.org/saf/1308/segments/1308-2.htm
Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, featured in the film, tests an elephant’s ability to “hear” with her feet.

Four Ears to the Ground
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_3_111/ai_84545901
Explore elephants’ abilities to “hear” and communicate with infrasound.

Hippos and Infrasound
http://acp.eugraph.com/elephetc/hippo.html
Learn how hippos communicate above and below water via infrasound.

Indonesian Tsunami Infrasound
http://www.aip.org/149th/garces.html
Listen to the infrasound generated by 2004’s Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1111_031111_earthquakeanimals.html
The belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries.

Shark’s Sixth Sense
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQK/is_3_10/ai_n13778822
Find out more about shark behavior prior to Hurricane Charley in August 2004.

Books:

Hickman, Pamela. ANIMAL SENSES: HOW ANIMALS SEE, HEAR, TASTE, SMELL AND FEEL. Minneapolis: Kids Can Press, 1999.

Hough, Susan Elizabeth. EARTHSHAKING SCIENCE: WHAT WE KNOW (AND DON’T KNOW) ABOUT EARTHQUAKES. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Ikeya, Motoji. EARTHQUAKES AND ANIMALS: FROM FOLK LEGENDS TO SCIENCE. Osaka: Osaka University, 2004.

Kaner, Etta. ANIMAL TALK: HOW ANIMALS COMMUNICATE THROUGH SIGHT, SOUND AND SMELL. Minneapolis: Kids Can Press, 2002.

O’Connell, Caitlin. THE ELEPHANT’S SECRET SENSE: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF THE WILD HERDS OF AFRICA. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Tibballs, Geoff. TSUNAMI: THE MOST TERRIFYING DISASTER. New York: Carlton Books, 2005.

Turner, Matt. ASIAN ELEPHANTS (ANIMALS UNDER THREAT). New York: Heinemann Library, 2005.

  • Imperia

    Hello. Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
    I am from Bosnia and too poorly know English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Nowadays everybody is able to play poker online even without leaving his favorite sofa.”

    Thank :-) Imperia.

  • Science

    Doesn’t anyone know how to do a controlled scientific experiment anymore?

    PBS, you’re killing me with this crap. This is a subject worthy of scientific study, but the “experiments” showed in this piece were on the same level as demonstrations of horses doing arithmetic.

    You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.

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