Imagine going outside and bumping into a bat 30 cm big. Are these photos real?
We were asked if these photos of bats are real:
These photos are from the Philippines and show a couple of megabats. To be specific, it’s the Giant golden-crowned flying fox, which is one of the biggest bats in the world. It’s indigenous to the Philippines and you can find it everywhere on the islands, except for Palawan.
These animals have a wingspan of 1.5–1.7 m (4.9–5.6 ft) and are weighing 0.7–1.2 kg (1.5–2.6 lb). Their primary diet is composed of figs and leaves.
They really are big, but these photos use a specific photography technique to let them appear even bigger. This is called the “Forced perspective”, which employs optical illusions to make an object appear farther larger or smaller than it actually is.
Nonetheless, 30 cm bats are impressive. And worth protecting – The Giant golden-crowned flying fox is an endangered species because of poaching and forest destruction.
Yes, these bats are real! But through a photography technique they seem even bigger than they really are.
But let’s be honest – They look cute either way!