Another sensory organ and for some an even more important one to eyes. Even though animals use their eyes to see and detect prey, for some animals, sound and hearing is the key to their survival.
Only vertebrate animals have ears, although many invertebrates are able to detect sound using other kinds of sense organs. Many animals use sound to communicate with each other, and hearing in these species is particularly important for survival and reproduction.
The hearing structures of many species have defence mechanisms against injury. For example, the muscles of the middle ear in many mammals contract reflexively in reaction to loud sounds which may injure the hearing ability of the organism.
Ears are also used as a cooling system, elephant ear are a fine example of this, having such a large surface area, blood is pumped to this area where it is cooled.
Although we can’t see them, birds have ears too, well ear holes.
So on to the challenge, add your close-up images of ears or an ear of any wild creature with ears.
Vote for your favourite.
1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s permanently posted on the groups Feature Board, but I will also pick another 9 entries of personal choice to be featured to cover our feature board. (Subject to the number of entries).
1st place member will be become a featured member.
ENTRIES MUST BE ADDED TO THE GROUP FIRST OR BE DELETED FROM THE CHALLENGE