Elk Make Creepy Shrieks By Whistling Through Their Noses
Researchers studied the vocal patterns and anatomy of elk to figure out how they make that eerie, high-pitched call. Apparently, it's all in the nose.By Mikah Sargent | April 20, 2016
This is a wapiti, otherwise known as an elk. And this is the sound of its call.
Not only is it a little chilling — researchers compared it to the sound of the ringwraiths from "Lord of the Rings" — but scientists hadn't yet determined why they sound like this.
See, bigger animals tend to have deeper voices, and the elk shouldn't be an exception. It has a large voice box built for making deep sounds, not squeaky ones.