In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the breakout star of Ant-Man and the Wasp: the tardigrade. Also known as “water bears,” tardigrades are a phylum of microscopic animal. That’s right–our hosts are really testing the “all creatures” part of the title.
Tardigrades are a microscopic animal, maxing out at .4mm in length. They were originally discovered by Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773; he gave the animal the delightful name “kleiner wasserbär” (little water bear). True to their name, tardigrades 1) live in water and 2) kinda look like bears if you squint a little. Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over this creature, and find out if it’s great or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the peerless sea wasp. Sea wasps have been described as “the most lethal jellyfish in the world,” which seems super-duper fun.
Sea wasps are a type of box jellyfish. They are also incredibly venomous, and have been responsible for about 63 deaths in Australia since 1884. Adult jellies are known as medusas, which is pretty rad. Join us for a romp of an episode in which Nathaniel has a hard time feigning enthusiasm and Randi has a hard time justifying the existence of such a beast. We also take the houseboat out from the Thames for the day, and interview two sea creatures with privileged upbringings and noticeably inconsistent accents. Tune in to find out if sea wasps are great, or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss Praying Mantises. You know, those super cute critters that featured heavily in a season one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
There are so many interesting things about praying mantises: their hunting tactics (they have surprisingly good eyesight), their anatomy (their heads can rotate 180 degrees!), and their cultural significance (many ancient civilizations believed them to be powerful). Of course, our super mature hosts focus on how they do it. So much so, in fact, that this episode features a new song and segment: “How Do You Think They Do It?” Seriously, praying mantises occasionally (not always) practice sexual cannibalism. How can that be ignored?? Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over this insect, debase themselves with tomfoolery, and interview a plucky young mantis by the name of Smoochy P. Tune in to find out if praying mantises are great, or just okay.
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel lose their damn minds over one of the coolest animals ever: the nudibranch. Nudibranchs are commonly called sea slugs, but they are actually gastropod molluscs. While they are born with shells, they shed them after their larval stage. More importantly, nudibranchs are the Kirby of the animal kingdom.
Nudibranchs are some of the brighter citizens of our oceans. I mean, they’re not smart–they’re just really colorful. Furthermore, there are over 2300 known species distributed throughout warmer parts of the ocean. Most species of nudibranchs are benthic, meaning they live on the ocean floor. There are a few species that swim in the water column, and then there are the glaucus nudibranchs, which swim upside down below the waterline. The most obvious feature of the nudibranch is the cerata, which are the rubbery looking appendages that grow out of the back of the nudibranch (the nudiback?). Join Randi and Nathaniel as they marvel over nudibranchs: their cerata (which in some species can store the venomous nematocysts from their prey), their ‘speech’ (there are some records of captive nudibranchs making clicking noises), and their sexual habits (google pictures plz). Tune in to find out if nudibranchs are great, or just okay.
This episode includes the following segments:
“I Think I Could Take It” — Nathaniel finds himself dueling a nudibranch.
Special Guest Interview — Randi interviews Dudibranch the nudibranch, an unaccountably lovable spokes-mollusc.