Caturday Special: The Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia)

A look at the Scottish wildcat, the reasons for its endangered status, and the conservation efforts being undertaken to save it from the brink of extinction.

Top Ten Sharks #5 – The Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios

To start with, that Latin name! Megachasma pelagios – If I’m not getting my tongue twisted does that not translate as ‘giant cave of the deep’? Anyway, I’ll be honest, I know next to sod all about the megamouth shark. Any marine biologist worth a damn, who isn’t specifically researching the megamouth shark right now,Continue reading “Top Ten Sharks #5 – The Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios”

Top Ten Sharks #6 – The Great White Shark, Carcharodon Carcharias

CONTENT WARNING: Contains graphic images/scenes of caught sharks and shark hunting behaviour. The great white is a member of the family of the Lamnidae, sometimes known as the mackerel sharks, or the white sharks, although ‘white shark’ is also used interchangeably with ‘great white’. In fact, ‘Great White’ is more of a colloquialism, since thereContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #6 – The Great White Shark, Carcharodon Carcharias”

Top Ten Sharks #8 – The Buzzsaw Shark, Helicoprion sp.

Today we discuss the Buzzsaw Shark, Helicoprion sp. – Which…inevitably leads us, via Michael Phelps, to Hallucigenia and back to the buzzsaw shark. It’s a weird ride but if you want to find out about a sea predator with a spiral of teeth in its maw, and how it used them, you need to be on it.

Thinking to Hell and Back: Wicked Problems

We discuss the sociological concept of ‘Wicked Problems’ problems that are complicated, have no easy solutions, have no necessarily right or wrong answers but that tear our societies apart nonetheless.

Top Ten Sharks #9 – The Blue Shark, Prionace glauca

Why am I following up the behemoth with a mouth that could crush the core of the Earth, the megalodon, with a 3m (around 10 feet) cuddly toy? Well because I think sharks are cute. I think the blue shark is one of the cutest animals on the planet. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous andContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #9 – The Blue Shark, Prionace glauca”

What are the ‘Ides of March’?

“Beware the Ides of March!” or so the saying goes, but why? What’s the problem with the ides of March? What the fuck is an ‘ide’? Why is it marching? These are questions I’ve been asked by multiple people and thus it has become a part of my Curious Idiot™ memorised dialogue so let meContinue reading “What are the ‘Ides of March’?”

Top Ten Sharks: #10 – Megalodon, Otodus megalodon

Learn all about the famed mega-shark Megalodon – Is it still out there? …Erm, no. But that doesn’t make it one fascinating creature to learn about, study and find out how it used a ridiculously powerful bite to literally crush whales!

Top Ten Sharks: Introduction

An introduction to the basics of sharks, explaining what the chondrichthyes are (fish made of cartilage) what the elsamobranchs are (basically sharks and rays) and a little bit of the natural history, the evolutionary past, and the sensory craziness that makes sharks so a misunderstood and awesome group of animals to study.

Forget Jaws, We Lack Discipline will teach you the reality of these maligned, misunderstood beauties.