SIZE matters for Alligators looking for love | Animals in Love – BBC

SIZE matters for Alligators looking for love | Animals in Love – BBC


Are you all set? To help get these
alligators in the mood we’ve invited some musicians along
from the Florida Orchestra. THEY WARM UP As our brass section warms up no-one seems at all
interested in joining in. As much as alligators love to sing,
when it comes down to it, there is actually only one note
that they’ll respond to. It’s not until our tuba players hit
B-flat that the concert finally kicks off. The most extraordinary
set of events is unfolding. ALLIGATORS BELLOW And they’re all joining in now. What you’re seeing is the big males
doing it, then the younger males start doing it
because the big males are doing it. It’s a virtual… Chorus. ..chorus of bellowing. Bellowing not only
advertises your territory, it also let everyone know
how big you are. It’s thought that the
alligators are responding because they think there’s another
large male in the area. TUBAS PLAY
ALLIGATORS ROAR In the competitive world
of alligator mating, size matters. The biggest males seem
to have it made. Not only can you
see off the competition but the beefier you are,
the more female attention you get. But the biggest alligators
have another remarkable advantage. Only they can produce what is
known as the water dance. Their bellows are so
low and powerful they cause vibrations that make
the water bounce off their backs. It’s another way of
getting you noticed. If you’re standing in the water
when that happens, your skeleton turns into a tuning fork,
it’s the most amazing experience. Have you been in the water? I’ve been in the water
when they do it, up to my knees. You’ve been in the water when
alligators are bellowing like that? Yes, yes. Good grief.
It’s an amazing experience, and the funny part is – the first
thing in your head is, there’s a huge, huge guy in this
area and I have to get out. A large male is exactly what these
females are looking for and if they hear an impressive song,
they may bellow back. ALLIGATOR BELLOWS Scientists think it’s their way
of letting the males know they are ready to mate. I love the sound! How did we know that that
particular note, the B-flat, was going to work so well? The story goes, Leonard Bernstein is
practising the Philharmonic. They can’t practice in Carnegie Hall
because it’s being refurbished so they go to the
Natural History Museum. They play the symphony, they hit certain notes and
they realise most notes don’t do it, but when they hit B-flat, all of a
sudden the gators start bellowing. So, at the time, they had alligators
at the Natural History Museum? They actually had live animals at the
Natural History Museum. Today, of course, we go and they’re just all stuffed
animals or skeletons. The interesting part today
is that we know that you can go out here and play all different kinds
of notes but it’s only when you hit those very low notes,
where you send out that low-frequency vibration, that’s
the note that these guys respond to. That’s the note!

50 thoughts on “SIZE matters for Alligators looking for love | Animals in Love – BBC

  1. If there is size bigger, the excess weight will surely decrease the pressure it can hold due to gravity unless the subject is hung horizontally facing down. Then will only size matter for the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Size matters and bigger is not good?

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  3. White people for days 😅😂🤣 y'all out here trying to get alligators to mate by playing the 'trombone' B flat. Wait! What instrument was that? The tuba perhaps😂😅🤣

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  5. I want that dinosaur in my backyard!
    Many people imagine having dog as a gurdian pet, but not me. This aligator is such a marvelous beast.

  6. The day after I watched this video, I went to see the USS Yorktown. While crossing the bridge to the dock, I saw movement in the marsh.
    It began with a few bubbles, then some more and more. Then, I heard a slap, like a thick tail snapping on the water. Then I saw ripples on the water, large, long ripples moving towards the bank of the Cooper River.
    I couldn't see any gators but I knew that atleast two were hiding in the brackish water.
    It was frightening and awe inspiring all at once.

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