What is it like to be a bat?

Participant: Laura Frankland


Q: When you think of bats, what first comes to your mind?

Echolocation and flying. I have always been fascinated with the muscles in their wings and how they fly using their flexible wings (which have been said to be similar to a human hand).

Q: You just spent a period of time imagining what it is like to be a bat. What did you imagine?

I first looked at my own body as a human, then watched my body parts turn into bat limbs and body. I walked around, went to a cliff and jumped. I flew through trees and above the mountains in WA. I focused on the sounds, smells, lack of visual ability, and the wind on my body. I tried to listen for other bats until I found a bat cave with hundreds of bats dleeping upside down in the cave. I tried to fly up to the ceiling of the cave and hang from my feet. My brain then switched scenes to my bat body being in a field of fruit. I looked down to my wings and grabbed small pieces of fruit and ate them.

Q: During the time you were imagining, were you somewhere?

I was around the Olympic National Forest.


Imagination Stations