The Origin of a Species: Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

A quick article about one of the most amazing predators on planet earth, the Saltwater Crocodile. We explore what they are, why they are not dinosaurs, what they eat, how they hunt and where they live.

Caturday Special: The Kodkod, Leopardus guigna

In this article we discuss the smallest cat in the Americas, the kodkod, of which little is known. We do our best to talk its habitats, diet and behaviours.

Also included is a discussion about the interdependent mutualisms between brazil nut trees, agouti and euglossine (or orchid) bees that maintain their ecosystem and why the study of smaller, lesser known species is important lest we ruin sensitive mutualisms like it without knowing.

Caturday Special: Serval, Leptailurus serval

A short Caturday Special about the wonderful and elegant-looking medium-sized African Wildcat, the Serval. Giving a rundown of what it is, what it eats, when it’s active, how it has babies and most importantly why breeding them with domestic cats to make savannah cats is a bad idea.

Top Ten Sharks #1 – The Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus

The Spirit of the Ocean – the whale shark, a placid giant, a filter-feeding shark that lives a relaxed life in the tropics. Friend to divers, remora and other mutualistic fish and the largest known fish species in the world today. The largest known animal at all outside of the whales. This fish, this shark, is truly spectacular from their feeding methods, to their size, to their behaviour. Find out why we put this shark as our number 1!

Top Ten Sharks #2 – The Greenland Shark, Somniosus microcephalus

The Greenland shark, somniosus microcephalus, is probably one of the most remarkable species on planet earth. Approximately the same length as a great white, with flesh toxic to humans if they eat it untreated, that swims in deep waters, or very cold waters, eats polar bears and lives for 300+ years. There is something truly special about the Greenland shark.

Top Ten Sharks #3 – The Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus

Exploring the world’s second largest fish, the basking shark, in all its glory. A wonderful, placid, filter-feeding shark that is sadly often overfished, the basking shark represents peace and passivity more than any other shark. We discuss this and explore whether human, ambitious, competitive philosophy could gain from being a bit more shark, a bit more basking shark in particular.

Top Ten Sharks #4 – The Hammerheads, Family Sphyrnidae

Exploring the similarities and differences between the members of the family of hammerhead sharks, the Sphyrnidae, with focus on the scalloped hammerhead and its overfishing, and the bonnethead shark which it turns out is omnivorous.

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”