10 Loudest Animals in the World


1. Snapping Shrimp - 218 dB 

The sound of the snapping or "pistol" shrimp is probably the most common sound in shallow temperate waters, and thus the bane of all marine life sound recordists (Cragnon Synalpheus, C. Alpheus). They make an extremely loud pop (source level 220dB re 1 uPa or 80 kPa at 4 cm).

2. Tiger Pistol Shrimp - 210 decibels

The Tiger Pistol Shrimp, which is native to the sunny Mediterranean, is one of the most vocal members of the animal kingdom. They can produce sounds that are 200dB louder than a gunshot! A Tiger Pistol Shrimp has a large claw that produces jets of water, which creates an air bubble when it is hunting for prey.

3. Blue whale - 188 decibels

Blue whale vocalisations are among the most strong and low-frequency sounds produced by any animal. The source level of blue whales off Chile in the 14 to 222 Hz band was estimated to be 188 dB re 1 Pa at 1 m for Antarctic blue whales, 189 dB re 1 Pa at 1 m for pygmy blue whales, and 174 dB re 1 Pa at 1 m for pygmy blue whales.

4. Howler Monkey -140

Known for their haunting, lion-like roars, black howler monkeys are considered the loudest land animal in the world. Their calls can be heard up to three miles away and can reach 140 decibels. (A jet engine at takeoff is about 150 decibels—loud enough to rupture eardrums.)

5. Bulldog Bat - 140 decibels

The Greater bulldog is the most vocal bat in the family. It uses sound to communicate with other bats about where they are flying, a technique known as echolocation. The noises they make, which exceed 140 decibels.

6. Kakapo - 132db

Kakapos are the loudest birds in the parrot family. Their mating calls can reach up to 132 decibels and can be heard up to four miles away. The thoracic air sac is used to produce the booming sound. They also make metallic, high-pitched calls.

7. Lion - 114 decibels

A lion or tiger can roar up to 114 decibels, which is roughly 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower. The strength of the cats' vocal folds, which can withstand stretching and shearing as air moves past them and the folds vibrate, also helps.

8. Hyena - 112

The sounds of hyenas are also well-known. Their noises can reach 112 decibels at times. Among the various sounds made by hyenas, the laughing sound made by spotted hyenas is unique and interesting.

9. Elephant - 112 dB

Some elephant calls are extremely powerful, reaching up to 112 dB at 1 metre from the source. These calls fall within the "intolerable" sound level range in the table above.

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