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Animals May Have Sensed Tsunami Heading To Asia

Posted December 31, 2004

— While thousands of people were killed in the tsunami that hit countries in Asia, one image you do not see is that of dead animals. A Hillsborough scientist said that does not come as a surprise.

Elizabeth von Muggenthaler studies natural sound created by air, water and earth. She also founded an institute that studies animal communication.

She said while humans never saw the tsunami coming, animals could tell it was coming. Animals can hear sounds below the hearing range of humans.

"They didn't smell it. They didn't see it. They heard it," Muggenthaler said.

Von Muggenthaler suspects the animals headed to higher ground about an hour before the devastating waves crashed ashore.

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