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Hammerhead bat the real Jersey Devil?

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#1    axisvideo

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

This breed of bat (Hammerhead) might have been mistaken as the Jersey Devil.
It is classified as a megabat and is native to Africa.it might be possible that this bat was brought to NJ on a boat and escaped, primitive man may have seen him and the Jersey Devil sightings were sparked in 1909.....

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 12:24 AM

From a quick search, they are about 8 to 12 inches long. Since the Jersey Devil is most often described as running around on its cloven hooves and being a lot taller than that, I don't think it really fits. The crane or stork ideas makes more sense imo.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 12:38 AM

True and I agree with what you said going on the size factor. But just going on looks I can see how if people saw this bat they could confuse it with some of the depictions of JD.


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From a quick search, they are about 8 to 12 inches long. Since the Jersey Devil is most often described as running around on its cloven hooves and being a lot taller than that, I don't think it really fits. The crane or stork ideas makes more sense imo.


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Posted 05 October 2013 - 12:49 AM

I'd have named it moosehead bat.
Cool bat. Bats have such incredibly bizarre faces, they are fascinating to me.


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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:09 AM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 05 October 2013 - 12:49 AM, said:

I'd have named it moosehead bat.
Cool bat. Bats have such incredibly bizarre faces, they are fascinating to me.
Like this guy!

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:16 AM

Bats are cute... mmmkay...

If that first hammerhead bat is big enough and the behavior matches, then you may have solved the case.  ;)

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:42 AM

That is one butt ugly bat.


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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:06 PM

Ender, do you know what species of bat that one is?

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:42 PM

View Postaxisvideo, on 05 October 2013 - 07:06 PM, said:

Ender, do you know what species of bat that one is?

Tubenosed fruit bat..

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 12:34 AM

View Postaxisvideo, on 05 October 2013 - 07:06 PM, said:

Ender, do you know what species of bat that one is?
It was discovered in Papua New Guinea in 2011
http://www.dailymail...rainforest.html

View PostSir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd, on 05 October 2013 - 07:42 PM, said:

Tubenosed fruit bat..
Yep

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:33 AM

View PostSir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd, on 05 October 2013 - 07:42 PM, said:

Tubenosed fruit bat..

It should have been named, Tubenose Smileyface Photogenicus Bat.  He's cute!

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