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Deep sea Cnidarian

There are approximately 9,000 species of Cnidarians. They are familiar to us as jellyfish and corals and one of the characteristics of the phylum is the nematocysts that can inject poison through human skin making the pelagic types the bane of swimmers … Continue reading

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A fight to the death

The Macedonian island of Golem Grad, also known as Snake Island was the site of a struggle between a juvenile female nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and a Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulata). This was a true battle to the death: at … Continue reading

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Snake hemipenes

I know, the burning question on most people’s minds is “What do snake penises look like?” Well, I have your answer right here: they have two. Each is known as a hemepenis (plural hemepenes), and are common to snakes, lizards, … Continue reading

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The Elephant Fish

It’s not an elephant or a (bony) fish and although it’s sometimes called the elephant shark, it isn’t a shark either. They can also be referred to as ghost sharks, but they are nothing like those in the movie. Callorhinchus milii  … Continue reading

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Saved by a snake

Recently I wrote about crocodiles in trees being your worst nightmare. Well, it appears that rescue may be at hand. In Australia, where everything wants to kill you, there is something that will save you. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation … Continue reading

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Your worst fucking nightmare

The fear of a shark attack has many people terrified of going into open water. However, in real life, you are probably 168 times more likely to be eaten by a crocodile than by a shark. This post isn’t about … Continue reading

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Sea Cucumbers Under Stress

Sea cucumbers, despite the external differences, belong to the Phylum Echinodermata, as do starfish, sand dollars, and sea urchins. Sea Cucumers (Family Holothuroidea) consist of over 1,200 species and are found worldwide. These animals are not very fast, so a … Continue reading

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Goblin Shark

When you hear a name like Goblin Shark, you would expect to see a bad move, and indeed, there is one. Malibu Shark Attack, starring the original TV Nikita, Peta Wilson, is your typical Scy-Fy shark movie. The villain is … Continue reading

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Death by Sex

No, I’m not talking death by ice pick. This is death by sex itself. This is about the Antechinus Antechinuses are small, carnivorous, shrew-like marsupials with bristly fur that primarily prey on invertebrates such as spiders, beetles (including larvae), and weevils. The … Continue reading

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Taste testing cat food

The varieties of flavours of cat food continue to become more exotic. Beyond the traditional chicken and tuna, you can now buy your pet ‘roasted venison and smoked salmon’ or ‘trout and wood-smoked salmon’. As much as you love your … Continue reading

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