Update!

Fear not valued listeners, the holidays have not delayed our podcast! The next episode of Bugs&Stuff is on the way. Editing is taking place now and it should be live next week.

However, I do have bad news for you all. We decided to hold off on the promised episode talking about self care. Because of the timing of this months release we decided to discuss eco-friends options that you may want to implement as a new years resolution! We will come back to self care in another episode though, because we do think it’s important to talk about still.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday if you celebrate, and an equally wonderful December if you don’t. Here’s to a hopeful and happy 2017!

Episode 3 – Weird Animals

 

In this episode of Bugs&Stuff Caitlin and Cari talk about weird animals and why the look so strange. Join us as we talk about the Naked Mole Rat, Aye Aye, and more! Also, feel free to comment if you have anything you want us to talk about in a future episode. Finally, you can find us on bugsandstuffpodcast.tumblr.com and on twitter at @awanderingpine and @ritzenresearch. Also, please like and rate us on iTunes if that’s where you get your podcasts. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Weird Animals

This week on the Bugs & Stuff we talk about weird looking animals and why they look as strange as they do. Here we decided to post the pictures so you can better understand how the animals look. There is a brief blurb about the animal below but if you want to know more check out the podcast! We started off with the naked mole rat.

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The naked mole rat is part of the rodent family. They are one of the few non-insect animals that are eusocial, meaning they live in large family groups with only one reproducing female.

Next we talked about the aye aye.

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This creepy little guy is only found on the Island of Madagascar. Believe it or not, they are actually a primate and are closely related to lemurs. They have long slender middle fingers that allow them to pick bugs out of trees.

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The porcupine is a pretty common critter that many people actually have seen, but we tell you why they got their spikes and what they are doing up in this tree!

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You all know Cari and I couldn’t resist having a bug on the list. The stalk eyed fly has a unique shaped face. Their eyes allow them to have 360˚ field of vision. Their eyes also provide some interesting insights into sexual selection.

Next up we have the echidna…

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and the platypus.

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These strange looking creatures are both native to Australia and are the only examples of monotremes, or egg laying mammals. They have characteristics of both mammals and reptiles.

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Now, I’m sure if you have spent any time on the internet you will have seen this fish. The blobfish is popular on many “world’s weirdest animals list”. They are pretty ugly on land but when placed into the ocean they maintain their shape and look like a regular fish.

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Finally, we have the hammerhead shark. These sharks are unique for the shape of their heads. While they may look like the stalk eye fly there are entirely different evolutionary reasons that this shark developed. Find out more by listening to our podcast!

BONUS!

The greenland shark! We weren’t meaning to talk about these guys at first but we got a little off topic so you all get a bonus weird animal! These guys live in the deepest parts of the arctic ocean. They can barely see because copepods parasitize their eyes. And if you thought the naked mole rat could live a long time for a rodent, these sharks can live a long time compared to almost all living creatures. Recently, they have been found to live hundreds of years!

Bonus Episode – Bill Nye The Science Guy

Today we have a surprise episode for you all. We went to Bill Nye this past weekend and it was amazing so we thought we would share our time. He was at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio promoting his new book, Unstoppable. He also spent most of the time speaking about the importance of understanding climate change and innovation. It was truly inspiring!

Hope you all enjoy and stay tuned for our next podcast. We will actually be talking about strange animals and why they look the way they do!

Episode 2 – Our Families Explain Our Science

Here is the second installment of Bugs & Stuff Podcast. In this episode we introduce our families and put them on the spot to answer questions about what we both did for our research. We also give our own answers to these questions and try to give some advise for talking to non-scientists about our work.

If you like this episode, make sure you check out our first episode on soundcloud or on iTunes. Also, you can check out both Cari’s blog and my blog.

Thanks for listening!