We barrel triumphantly into 2019 and a new, biweekly schedule. In this episode, we discuss the mighty cod, and also take time to spotlight Carl Linnaeus, father of binomial nomenclature (if you’ve ever seen a Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoon, you know what binomial nomenclature is). Marvel as Nathaniel “um, actually”s a bunch of pronunciations, while getting Linnaeus’s name wrong literally every time he says it. Thrill as Randi somehow keeps the podcast on course while under a fever of 103 degrees (Celsius). From the coasts of Greenland to a slow boat to China, this is one of our most expansive episodes yet. And we talk about fish!
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss one of Randi’s favorite animals: the tyrant known as the Saltwater Crocodile. Tremble in fear!
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the exploitable cone snail. Behold!
In this episode, Randi and Nathaniel discuss the mighty coconut crab, Devourer of Amelia Earhart.
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 the mighty bull shark. The bull sharks are unique since they can survive–and thrive–in both freshwater and saltwater. Tune in to find out if bull sharks 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.