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It’s almost Halloween, and time for another spooky episode! Thanks to Pranav for the suggestion! You still have time to enter the book giveaway contest, deadline October 31, 2020 at midnight! Details are here. There are also links on that page to look at the books if you want to order copies. You know, just in case. I was a guest cohost on the Varm…
 
This week we’ll learn about five mystery fish that William Beebe spotted from his bathysphere in the early 1930s…and which have never been seen again. Thanks to Page for suggesting deep-sea fish! Further reading: How some superblack fish disappear into the darkness of the deep sea The Fine Art of Exploration Further listening: 99% Invisible “Bathys…
 
Let’s start off October with a spooky episode about some ghost animals–real ones, and some ghost stories featuring animals! Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! Details here. Further reading: Lolo the Ghost Snake Barn Related Ghost Stories What big teef you have, ghost bat: Nom nom little ghost bat got some mealworms (also, clearly this rehabil…
 
Thanks to Nicholas and Pranav for their suggestions which led to this episode about animals that are especially good at disguising themselves! If you’d like to listen to the original Patreon episode about animal mimics, it’s unlocked and you can listen to it on your browser! Don’t forget to contact me in some way (email, comment, message me on Twit…
 
Thanks to Lorenzo for suggesting the northern gannet this week! We’ll also learn about an extinct ancestor of the gannet, called plotopterids! Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! Details here. The northern gannet is the assassin of the bird world, probably: DIVING! It’s what they do: Northern gannets hanging out on their nesting grounds: An ar…
 
This week we have two more listener suggestions, so thanks to Rosy and Simon! They both suggested small but intensely interesting fish! Further reading: The Handfish Conservation Project – Name a Fish! Further watching: Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker making adorable faces The only smooth handfish specimen in the whole world: In case you were wondering wh…
 
BONUS TIME! A dung beetle rolling some poop: Butterflies on poop: Wombat poop is cubes! Show transcript: Welcome to a bonus episode made out of a bonus episode. Since this week’s topic is one that some adults may decide they don’t want their young kids listening to, because it goes into detail about hyena reproduction, I decided to unlock a Patreon…
 
This week we’re going to learn about hyenas and the not-related-but-similarly-named hyaenodon! BUT we’ve got a PARENT WARNING WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP *klaxon sounds, red lights flash* Parents and others who listen with small kiddos, you may want to pre-screen this episode since we go into some details of hyena anatomy that may not be appropriate for youn…
 
We finish off Invertebrate August in style, with great suggestions from Rosy and Kim! Also, I was a guest on The Flopcast last week if you want to hear me talking about DragonCon and birding with my friend Kevin! Also, he actually has a few pictures of me if you want to know what I look like (I hate having my picture taken). Further Reading: Why Do…
 
This week’s episode is about some invertebrates who look like they’re made of velvet! Thanks to Rosy and Simon for their suggestions! Further reading: Red Velvet Mite Chigger Bites Structure and pigment make the eyed elater’s eyespots black The red velvet mite looks like a tiny red velvet cake but is NOT CAKE, NOT A SPIDER, NOT A SPIDER CAKE: GIANT…
 
Let's learn about some weird insects this week! Thanks to Llewelly for suggesting army ants!Further reading:If you're interested in the magazine Flying Snake, I recommend it! You can order online or print issues by emailing the editor, Richard Muirhead, at the address on the website, and there's a collection of the first five issues on Amazon here …
 
Thanks to Kaiden who suggested we learn about mosquitoes this week! You know what eats a lot of mosquitoes? Bats! If you don't already listen to the excellent podcast Varmints!, jump on over to it to listen to last week's episode about bats! I cohosted with Paul and had a great time, and I know you'll like the episode and the podcast in general. It…
 
Thanks to Linnea for suggesting bees! Obviously we can't learn about ALL 20,000 bee species in this episode, but we'll learn about the honeybee and some other interesting bees!Further reading:Bee friendly? Pollinating California's almond cropThe vulture beeWestern honeybees on a honeycomb:A vulture bee thinking about "honey":The wholesome, solitary…
 
Join us this week for some interesting crabs! Thanks to Charles for suggesting the aethra crab!Aethra crabs look like little rocks, although some people (who must be REALLY hungry) think they look like potato chips: A hermit crab using a light bulb bottom as an inadequate shell:The tiniest hermit crab:Gimme shell pls:THE BIGGEST HERMIT CRAB, the co…
 
It's our annual updates and corrections episode, with a fun mystery animal at the end!Thanks to everyone who contributed, including Bob, Richard J. who is my brother, Richard J. who isn't my brother, Connor, Simon, Sam, Llewelly, Andrew Gable of the excellent Forgotten Darkness Podcast, and probably many others whose names I didn't write down!Furth…
 
Thanks to Adam for the great suggestion of synchronous fireflies! Let's learn about lightning bugs (or fireflies) in general, and in particular the famous synchronous fireflies!Further reading:How Fireflies Glow and What Signals They're SendingFurther watching:Tennessee FirefliesSynchronizing Fireflies in Thailand (it shows an experiment to encoura…
 
This week let's learn about some animals that were discovered by science, then not seen again and presumed extinct...until they turned up again, safe and sound!Further reading:A nose-horned dragon lizard lost to science for over 100 years has been foundModigliani's nose-horned lizard has a nose horn, that's for sure:Before the little guy above was …
 
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