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Thanks to Lorenzo for this week’s topic, carnivorous sponges! How can a sponge catch and eat animals? What is its connection to the mystery of the Eltanin Antenna? Let’s find out! Further reading/watching: New carnivorous harp sponge discovered in deep sea (this has a great video attached) How Nature’s Deep Sea ‘Antenna’ Puzzled the World Asbestopl…
 
Let’s learn about a whole lot of mustelids, including some otters, weasels, and their relations and ancestors! Thanks to Jacob for the suggestion! Further reading: Weasels in Stone: Mustelid Evolution With voices joined in chorus, giant otter families create a distinct sound signature Further watching/listening: Video of giant river otters making n…
 
Thanks to Pranav for this week’s suggestion, Titanoboa, the biggest snake that ever lived! Parts of this episode come from an old Patreon episode about super-gigantic snakes, which is unlocked and you can listen to it here. A modern anaconda vertebra next to a Titanoboa vertebra. Guess which one is which: Carlos Jaramillo, one of the scientists who…
 
Thanks to Nick and Richard from NC for their suggestions this week! Let’s learn about A BUNCH OF MONKEYS! Further reading: How we solved the Green monkey mystery–and found an important clue to Bronze Age world Field Notes: Singing Titi Monkeys (with a video of them singing) Dracula monkeys and Dracula: The Dracula monkey orchid (not a vampire, not …
 
It’s almost Halloween!! Our Halloween episode this year is all about some of the legends of ghostly black dogs in the UK and some other parts of the world, as well as some canid mysteries we haven’t covered before. Thanks again to Pranav for the suggestion! This is your last chance to enter the book giveaway! You have until October 31, 2020, and th…
 
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 facesThe only smooth handfish specimen in the whole world:In case you were wondering why it's…
 
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 bonu…
 
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 young…
 
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 Ma…
 
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 MiteChigger BitesStructure and pigment make the eyed elater's eyespots blackThe red velvet mite looks like a tiny red velvet cake but is NOT CAKE, NOT A SPIDER, NOT A SPIDER CAKE: GIANT RED …
 
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 Alex and Stefanie for this invigorating and empowering conversation focusing on couples in recovery from sex addiction. They go in depth covering Stefanie's new workbook, Courageous Love, and discuss the full disclosure process, recovery plans for both parties, emotional restitution, rebuilding intimacy, and more.You can buy Courageous Love by…
 
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 …
 
Let's learn about another mystery ape, the koolakamba (also spelled kooloo-kamba or other variations)!Further reading:Between the Gorilla and the ChimpanzeeThe Yaounde Zoo mystery ape and the status of the kooloo-kambaMystery of the KoolakambaAntoine the Yaounde Zoo ape, supposedly a koolakamba:Mafuka (sometimes spelled Mafuca):A rare photo of the …
 
This week we'll look at an ancient mystery from the Middle East, a mythological dragon-like animal called the Mush-khush-shu, popularly known as the sirrush. Thanks to Richard J. for the suggestion!The Ishtar Gate (left, a partial reconstruction of the gate in a Berlin museum; right, a painting of the gate as it would have looked): The sirrush of t…
 
We have more mystery animals this week, horrible carcasses that have washed ashore and are hard to identify! It's a sequel to our popular Globsters episode, episode 87. None of these are actual mysteries but they're all pretty gross and awesome.(I don't know what I did wrong with the audio but it sounds bad, sorry. I just got a new laptop and have …
 
This week we've got three more mystery animals, but they're small instead of gigantic! Also, I didn't say anything about it in the episode, but Black lives matter. Stay safe and fight for justice, everyone.The water chevrotain:The real-life face-scratcher monster, Schizodactylus monstrosus, more properly known as a dune cricket:Flying ants:It's fly…
 
Issues of bigotry, racism, and socioeconomic inequality have been happening for centuries and unfortunately put to the metaphorical back burner of the social agenda. In light of the heinous acts of violence towards the black community recently, these issues have come to full attention.It is from Self and only from Self that we can listen well to ou…
 
It's a bonus monster month in June, because everything is awful and learning about monsters will take our minds off the awfulness. This week let's learn about some mysterious stories from around the world that feature huge octopus or squid!Further watching:River Monsters episode about the LuscaA colossal squid, up close to that gigantic eyeball:Blu…
 
We have a fun mystery bird this week, the forest raven! Was it a real bird??? (hint: yes, but not a raven)The "forest raven" illustration from Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner's Historiae Animalium, published in 1555:Scans of the original pages about the forest raven. It's written in Latin: The Northern bald ibis. Wacky hair! Flying bald ibises:Furt…
 
This week let's go back back back in time to more than 300 million years ago, when amphibian-like animals lived in enormous swamps. Don't be fooled by the word amphibian: many Temnospondyls were really big!Further reading:Palaeos TemnospondyliDvinosaurus, three feet long and full of teeth:And Sclerocephalus, five feet long and full of teeth. This o…
 
Thanks to Emma for the suggestion! Let's learn about some animals that live on the St. Kilda islands off the coast of Scotland!St. Kilda:Soay rams (kept on farms, not the feral sheep): A small flock of Soay sheep (these are from a farm too):A Boreray ram (on a farm):A Boreray ewe with her babies (also on a farm, or at least I think so):The St. Kild…
 
This week let's find out what has paleontologists so excited about this dinosaur!Further reading:The Nature article that kicked this all off (you can only read the abstract for free but it's full of good information)Paleontologist Who Uncovered Prehistoric River Monster's Tail Explains Why It's Such a Game Changer (Newsweek)Further watching:A good …
 
This week let's learn about my nemesis (in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, at least), the tarantula!Further reading:Tarantulas inspire new structural color with the greatest viewing angleMy character in Animal Crossing (and the shirt I made her--yes, I know tarantulas are arachnids, not insects, but I think the shirt is funny): Boy who is not afraid…
 
This week let's take a look at some animals (and other living organisms) that live the longest!This isn't Methuselah itself (scientists aren't saying which tree it is, to keep it safe), but it's a bristlecone pine:The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree in Sri Lanka, planted in 288 BCE by a king:Some trees of the quaking aspen colony called Pand…
 
Thanks to Sam for this week's topic suggestion and animal suggestions! This week we're looking at some animals that just look...weird? And wrong? And not what you expect?Like the gerenuk: And the Tibetan fox: And the maned wolf: And the proboscis monkey: And the bald uakari: Further watching:Shani the baby gerenuk (so cute!)Show transcript:Welcome …
 
I just adopted two black cats, named Dracula and Poe, so let's learn about domestic cats! Thanks to RosyWindFox, Nicholas, Richard E., Kim, and an anonymous listener who all made suggestions and contributed to this episode in one way or another!Further listening:Weird Dog Breeds - an unlocked Patreon episodeTwo beautiful examples of domestic cats (…
 
Join Alex Katehakis and Mark Wolynn as they talk about Mark’s fascinating story of how he almost lost his eyesight, how trauma is passed down from generation to generation, and how we can stop the destructive patterns of inherited family trauma.Stay updated on New Events and Videos by subscribing and following us on: Instagram: https://instagram.co…
 
I hope you're all well and not too bored if you're one of the millions who are having to stay inside right now! This week let's learn about a fishy mystery, fish with fur!Further reading:Mirapinna esau - a Furry Fish from the AzoresThe so-called fur-bearing trout:A hairy frogfish:The hairyfish (I couldn't find any actual photos of one):This man is …
 
This week let's learn about the pronghorn!Show transcript:Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m your host, Kate Shaw.This week let’s finally look at an animal I’ve wanted to cover for at least a couple of years now, the pronghorn! We’ve talked about the pronghorn before a few times, but it definitely deserves its own episode.The pronghorn is a cl…
 
Thanks to Nathan for his suggestions! This week we're going to learn about three strange and interesting fish!A northern snakehead:A giant snakehead:A Greenland shark, fish of mystery:The upside-down catfish is indeed upside down a lot of the time (this is actually a picture of Synodontis nigriventris, closely related to the upside-down catfish we …
 
It's a bonus episode because some people are too disturbed by the thought of diseases to listen to this week's regular episode. I'm really sorry about that! To make it up to you, here are two adorable fluffy animals that live in Mongolia and other parts of Asia.Super floof! Pallas's cat, AKA the manol or manul (photo by Julie Larsen Maher, looks li…
 
Thanks to Kim and Pranav for their unsettling suggestions for this episode! I swear the reason I decided to do this episode this week was to celebrate getting over my cold, but then I realized I needed to address the virus everyone is talking about right now. I hope you all stay well and safe out there!The Hawaiian monk seal OMG LOOK YOU CAN SEE IT…
 
I still have a cold, so let's let some birds do part of the talking in this episode about more weird bird calls!Further reading:Listen to the Loudest Bird Ever RecordedFurther listening/watching:A video of the screaming piha. You need to see this.The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a real bird, and an adorable one too:The mute swan is not actually mute…
 
I feel like I'm coming down with a cold, so here's a short episode that I can get finished before I start to croak like a bullfrog or a raven. It's time for some astonishing bees! Thanks to Richard J. for the suggestion!Wallace's giant bee compared to an ordinary honeybee:Osima avosetta makes her nest out of flower petals:Show transcript:Welcome to…
 
To celebrate my new book, Skyway, this week let's learn about sky animals! They're fictitious, but could they really exist? And what animals are really found in the high atmosphere?You can order a copy of Skyway today on Kindle or other ebook formats! It's a collection of short stories published by Mannison Press, with the same characters and setti…
 
What's the difference between a snake and a legless lizard? Find out this week and learn about all kinds of interesting reptiles without legs that aren't actually snakes!The slow-worm. Not a snake:Burton's legless lizard. Not a snake:The excitable delma. Not a snake:The Mexican mole lizard. Not a snake or a worm:The red worm lizard (Amphisbaena alb…
 
Uh, yeah, not the legless lizard episode. But just as interesting! This week let's learn about the largest rodents in the world! Hint: way bigger than a rat.Further reading:Rodents of Uncertain SystematicsThe mellow and photogenic capybara:Oh to be a capybara in an open bath with an orange on its head:Hey, pacarana:Oh to be a paca with half an oran…
 
In honor of my new favorite band, The Hu, let's learn about some animals from their country, Mongolia! (You can also watch the "Wolf Totem" video with English lyrics.)The Hu. Oh my heart:If you need the podcast's feed URL, it's https://strangeanimalspodcast.blubrry.net/feed/podcast/A handsome prize-winning domesticated yak and rider (photo taken fr…
 
Our lives are filled with complexities that it seems almost unfair to offer just one type of therapy modality to someone searching for help. Join Alex Katehakis and Adi Jaffe, Ph.D as they talk about the conflicting beliefs in the mental health field regarding the “true definition” of sobriety.By Alex Katehakis
 
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