Let’s Talk About: Hammerhead Sharks

Since Michael Phelps is apparently going to race a shark for Shark Week (which I assume will take 2 minutes, meaning we’ll have to sit through 28 minutes of stupid commercials and bullshit interviews about how Michael Phelps has a chance), I thought it might be an appropriate time to talk about hammerhead sharks, cause they’re kinda funny looking, but also kinda terrifying.  And sure, they aren’t the biggest sharks out there, and they sometimes get eaten by tiger sharks, but hey, who am I to judge.  At the end of the day, they are one of the most interesting looking species out there.  So let’s talk about hammerhead sharks. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 10- May 6

What?!?!?!?  A new Weekly Round Up?  But we haven’t had one of these in weeks???  After dropping the ball for a few weeks, it’s back baby, in all its glory.  I’ve scoured the internet and grabbed for you a group of environmental news stories that I think you’ll enjoy.  I’m talking fish eyeball parasites, CRISPR-HIV research, and a pretty damn cool cuttlefish battle.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Naked Mole Rats

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Right off the top, here’s the deal with naked mole rats- they’re gross.  I know that the Disney channel has made you love ’em, and Rufus is the best, and Kim Possible was awesome, and blah blah blah early 2000s nostalgia (cause bullshit nostalgia’s a thing).  But seriously, they’re gross.  Fortunately, being gross doesn’t mean that they are not super interesting and pretty damn cool.  So today, let’s talk about naked mole rats! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 9-15

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I don’t really have much to say this week as an introduction.  I wish the worst thing happening right now would be the fact that the Blue Jays have gone 1 and 9 to start the season.  Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world has gone insane.  I’m going to try and keep doing my thing though, so here’s you’re weekly dose of environmental news.  This week we had spiders, the beginning of life on earth, and spiders.  Seriously, there was more spider news than usual this week.  So let’s dive in. Continue reading

8 Weird Animal Body Part Names

There’s lots of weird shit out there.  We’ve got moles with star shaped noses, tapirs with mini trunks, and anteaters with tongues the length of my arm.  Unfortunately, the weirdness doesn’t stop there.  No, things can’t just look odd, we’ve got to give them weird names as well.  So, for you today, I’ve found 8 of the weirdest animal body part names out there.  Enjoy! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 5-11

I’m so conflicted over this week.  Look, there were some really great stuff that happened this week, and I should be ecstatic.  The VW emissions scandal is finally coming to a close, we might have a cure for face cancer in Tasmanian devils, and- drumroll please– Shell is divesting from the oilsands!!!!!  Unfortunately, the WHO released a real terrifying report, and Scott Pruitt is an absolute moron, definitely setting up some hard times for the environment in the states.  So yeah, it’s been a week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Gharials

Sure, crocodiles and alligators might be the flashier, more popular crocodilian species- hell even caimans get their fair share of love- but instead I want to focus on this conundrum of a creature, the gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).  Plus, if it wasn’t for the picture above, you’d probably have no idea what I was talking about today.  Honestly though, they look like an accident, one horrific accident.  I mean, their snouts alone look like someone was rolling cookie dough, then stopped after they were about 95% done.  Or like they’re perpetually balancing a cinnamon bun on their nose.  OR like someone took a shit on them.  But I digress, these guys are pretty cool, but too often forgotten.  It’s time to change that, so let’s talk about gharials! Continue reading

Get Ready For March Mammal Madness 2017

Holy shit I think I just found the greatest thing ever- March Mammal Madness (MMM).  Now, I know you’re probably sitting there saying to yourself, “but Thomas, what about sliced bread, or electricity, or those extra long shoe horns from Ikea (aka the OMSORGs, only $1.99)”, and while, yes, the OMSORG is probably the greatest modern invention, it can’t hold a light to MMM.  In honour, or maybe as a parody, of the NCAA March Madness Tournament, the MMM was created four years ago by Katie Hinde, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University School of Human Evolution & Social Change.  The MMM is a competition where mammals duke it out in simulated battles, with outcomes based on temperament, weaponry, armour, body mass, running speed, fight style, physiology, and motivation, all supported by scientific literature. Continue reading

British Zoo May Lose License After Almost 400 Deaths

Some heartbreaking news has come out of Cumbria, UK, where a report has asked for the South Lakes Safari Zoo to lose its license after almost 500 animal deaths have occurred in the last four years. That means that the zoo has an animal death rate of 12% over the past four years. The report was given to members of Barrow Burough Council’s licensing committee, which will decide the zoo’s future.  Continue reading

How Necessary Are Late Night Animal Experts?

If you watch late night television you’ve probably watched an animal expert showcase some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals. More than likely you’ve wished to be that person! They get to play with (handle) super cool animals, meet celebrities, and be on television! While they say that their appearances are motivated by educating the public, others see it as pure entertainment at the expense of the animals. So the question is, are these animal experts necessary for late night television? Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 22-28

Holy shit this week was a mess.  Trump just can’t seem to quit being an all around awful human being, and because of it, the US is looking pretty broken right now.  It does explain all the rain we’ve been getting here though- it should be snowing, but since we live up above a giant flaming pile of refuse, it’s just too hot.  I honestly don’t know how to respond to any of it- it’s pretty shocking, disgusting, mindboggling, scary- so I’m just going to try and run things as per usual.  Things aren’t as per usual, things are anything but usual, but I need this to run the same.  So I know there is bigger news out there, I get that, but this news here will be the same as usual.  So, here’s the environmental news that caught my attention this week. Continue reading

Hollywood Has A Major Problem With Animal Abuse

This week, a pretty upsetting video was released by TMZ from the set of the upcoming film, A Dog’s Purpose, showing a German shepherd being forcibly pushed into churning, turbulent water, to then only go under the water for an undetermined amount of time as the video cuts.  It’s pretty obviously ethically wrong, and probably animal abuse- something everyone is rallying behind.  Unfortunately, this really isn’t an one time thing. Continue reading

The 10 Best Animal Or Food Photos

Something has been sweeping through the internet over the past few months, and it’s high time that we did something about it.  This new viral sensation deals entirely with animals and Google, and mildly with camouflage.  You see, apparently some animals look like food.  Not in a way that would save their lives out in the wild, but in a funny way only Google can provide us with.  Animals That Look Like Food is one of the weirder things that the internet has offered up, as of late, and it’s all around amazing.  In case you haven’t heard of it before, it’s pretty self explanatory.  You google [animal] or [food] and look at the hilarious google image results that pour in.  So below, I’ve put together my 10 favourites- enjoy! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 8-14

Holy shit do I have a good Round Up for you all this week.  First off, things were mostly pretty positive (ignoring that fact that ring-tailed lemurs are screwed and Japan is losing coral reef like nobody’s business), and secondly there were some amazing stories. Seriously, there’s footage of a monkey and a deer trying to get it on, and that’s not even this week’s most amazing story- #DoesItFart takes the cake easily.  So this week we’ve got farting animals, a beaver related gift for Canada’s 150th, and interspecies sex.  Truly though, the #DoesItFart spreadsheet should be all you care about.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

This Crazy Looking Creature Is The World’s Most Trafficked Animal!

The pangolin includes eight different scaled mammal species that are all from Africa. They range in size from 30 – 100 cm. Their scales are composed of keratin, which is the same material that makes up your own hair and finger nails. Their scales are also currently used and marketed in Chinese medicine, and their meat is considered a delicacy. This flourishing market for pangolin parts has spurred a massive amount of hunting, making it the most trafficked animal on the planet. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Moose

I wish I had a good reason to want to write about moose today.  The reality of the situation is, however, that I just kinda am in the mood for it.  Sorry.  I could say that it’s in preparation for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, but honestly it’s just because they’re pretty damn cool, and I want to talk about them.  In case you didn’t know, Moose are from Canada (and parts of Eurasia), are sometimes named Elliot, and are larger than you’d expect a hooved mammal to be.  So if that whets your appetite, get ready, cause I’ve got more where that came from. Continue reading

No Shit Science: People More Likely To Donate To Cute Animals

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Sometimes science changes the way we see the world! Once humans believed the world to be a flat disk, and then SCIENCE showed us that the Earth is in fact round. Then sometimes scientists spend too much time and money on research that just cements common sense! Enter stage right Cynthia Cryder and her colleagues who “discovered” that humans are more likely to donate money to a cuter animal such as a koala or polar bear than an “ugly” animal such as a snake, even if they’re in more need! Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday Kratt’s Creatures

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Today it is the Kardashians that dominate the “K” families, but back in the late 90’s the only K-family I cared about were the Kratt brothers! Chris and Martin Kratt did a half hour show called Kratts’ Creatures where they highlighted the wonders of the animal kingdom! For many city-kids (like myself) this television show was one of my first looks into nature and biodiversity. The show only ran for one season in 1996, but was able to pump out 50 episodes! Reruns of the show were so popular that it spurred on two more shows for the Kratt brothers, Zoboomafoo and Wild Kratts (honestly sub-par to the original). So let’s go down memory lane…

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The Weekly Round Up: November 20-26

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Miss us yesterday???  We’ve been super busy here at Earth|Unfiltered, so some things may have fallen through the cracks.  But fear not, we are back today, with all of this week’s environmental news that turned our heads- or really just my head, because I’m the one writing this… I HAVE ALL THE POWER!  Anyways, this week there were light tasting animals, helpful Arctic poop, a dubious smog tower, and the end of neonics in Canada?!?!?  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 13-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up, where we’ve decided to adopt the new headlines format (Yaaaaay!).  You’ve all spoken over the last few weeks, so it’s been decided that sharing the headlines of the articles that caught our attention over the week, is the best way to go.  This week had a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately, it’s mostly just people complaining about what a Trump presidency will mean for the environment (it’s bad) and how he’s going to put the worst people in charge of running environmental policies (not a surprise at all).  So we’re not including any of that.  We’ve talked about it before, the internet won’t stop talking about it now, and we would just be shouting into the void.  So instead, here’s the rest of the news that turned our heads this week.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 6-12

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Good morning everybody.  How’s it going?  I hope all is well, and that you are still sane after this crazy week.  I don’t know about you guys, but this week absolutely felt like a week.  Yep, there were definitely seven whole days in this one.  All that being said, I’m doing this fairly last minute again… sorry.  So once again, here are the headlines that turned our heads here at Earth|Unfiltered.  There were giant mystery snowballs, squirrel leprosy, and Cecil the Lion.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 30- November 5

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Welcome back to this week’s Round Up.  I hope you all had a lovely week, and are ready to catch up on all of this week’s environmental news.  I might be writing this a little last minute (and there’s tons of news to go over), so get ready for a rapid fire update this week.  We had solar roof panels, idiots on the internet, and the haka.  So without further ado, here are the articles that turned our heads this week. Continue reading