Everyone knows what a herd of cattle is, or a flock of birds, or a school of fish. But many animals have unique, less familiar names that are used to describe them when they gather en masse. Read on to learn 11 of them. How many did you already know?
A group of them is called: A bask
Fun fact: Crocodiles are the most social of all the world’s reptiles. They form long-term relationships within hierarchical groups, and they raise young and hunt in groups.
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A group of them is called: A convocation
Fun fact: Bald eagles mate for life. Individual eagles spend migration alone, but whenever mating season rolls around, they each go back to their special someone. However, if a mate dies, the remaining eagle finds a new mating partner.
A group of them is called: A seething
Fun fact: Among American eels, population density correlates with gender determination. In highly dense American eel populations, eels are more likely to be male. In less dense populations, they are more likely to be female.
A group of them is called: A bloat
Fun fact: Hippopotamuses live in large groups of dozens, sometimes even hundreds of individuals. Hippo groups usually are led by one dominant male who mates with any available females.
A group of them is called: A risk
Fun fact: When female lobsters are ready to mate, they release pheromones to attract potential suitors. As multiple males flock to her, they fight each other for her until one winner is left standing.
A group of them is called: A richness
Fun fact: Martens typically live solitary lives. Social interaction increases during winter, but this is not their mating season. Rather, biologists believe increased aggression in wintertime serves to disperse the previous mating season’s offspring who have not yet fully struck out on their own.
A group of them is called: A prickle
Fun fact: Porcupines are of course best known for the sharp quills that cover their bodies. You might imagine that these quills make mating a precarious affair for porcupines. However, when mating, porcupines tighten their skin, flattening their quills for safety.
A group of them is called: An audience
Fun fact: Squid change color to communicate with each other. For example, male Caribbean reef squid turn red to attract females, and they turn white to repel rival males.
A group of them is called: A knot
Fun fact: In spring, when toad mating season begins, male toads congregate on the mating grounds before the females arrive. The males establish territories and prepare the area for mating before they call begin calling females to the area.