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Listen: These Elk Sound Terrifying, Like Ringwraiths | National Geographic

Listen: These Elk Sound Terrifying, Like Ringwraiths | National Geographic



Scientists have solved one of nature’s greatest mysteries: How do big bull elks produce an eerie shriek that sounds like the Ringwraiths from The Lord of the Rings?
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Read more about how these large North American deer produce their bloodcurdling screams: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160420-elk-animals-science-sounds-wildlife/
Click here to read more about elk: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/elk/
Quiet Alaska Suburb Moose Battle: http://on.natgeo.com/1T1TelR

Video courtesy Roland Frey
Audio courtesy Megan Wyman
Associate Producer: Jed Winer

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47 comments

  1. It sounds like nails on a chalkboard, or a rusty old door hinge.

  2. Sounds like me whenever new episodes of fav show air

  3. This is painful to listen to

  4. Terrifying?? I think it's beautiful

  5. Suidward’s first time playing Clarinet

  6. It's not terrifying?! Its so beautiful

  7. As someone who has spent many a dark mornings in the mountains listening to rutting elk bugle like crazy, I don't understand how it could be terrifying? That just seems silly but I guess as a hunter I may have a biased opinion. Regardless, Wapiti deserve better then weird videos like this.

  8. This is actually the only sound that comes to mind when i think of nature

  9. Am I the only one who didn’t noticed that?

  10. Terrifying? It's beautiful ♥️🦌

  11. just heard these outside outside of our cabin and searched this up, because we were TERRIFIED.

  12. Nah, they sound like Mongolian diphonic singing!

  13. truth revealed strange sound behind wood is a dude 😁😁

  14. i'm here because of jacksepticeye

  15. Who knew the elk were secretly servents of the dark lord

  16. Who came from Jordan Cunningham?

  17. I bugle as well when I’m in heat.

  18. Me when i see a bug in the middle of the night

  19. Heard one of these middle of the night camping, Native American friend told me it was a skin walker and started telling me stories, later now found it it was just an elk, the idea of a skin walker sounds pretty terrifying

  20. Who’s here from jackSpepticEye from FireWatch

  21. That’s there mate call dummy

  22. Thank you GTA V for introducing me to elk sounds.

  23. so basically elk are overtone singing like mongolians?

  24. Sounds like the moth from yugioh

  25. Jacksepticeye sent me here.

  26. Mariah Carey was secretly a student of the mystical creature~

  27. Imagine hearing this at night when you’re camping and your only protection is a tent.

  28. Sounds like a saxophone with a bad reed

  29. I actually love the sound of elk💗

  30. When you get triggered because you keep dying in fortnite

  31. This is what I play when people are bothering me.

  32. In a modded Skyrim game, I played a witch and mainly turned people into animals thanks to a mod spell. I remember once turning an entire Stormcloak camp into beasts, and that was the first time I ever heard an elk’s bugle. I had no idea they could make such a freaky sound, and I thought I had stumbled onto some kind of new monster or something. The animals stay aggressive towards you forever, and hearing multiple instances of that sound coming from the wooded mountains is still spooky.

  33. NINE FOR MORTAL ELKS DOOM TO DIE

  34. 0:11 I haven't read all the books yet

  35. I can't tell if people are being genuine or sarcastic when they say they like the elk noises.

  36. Me when t series defeated pewds

  37. My little brother is 6'5 and screems like a tiny child. Idk why people are puzzled at large things noises

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