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

The Weekly Round Up: December 25-31

Happy New Years Eve!  It’s the end of 2016, and oddly enough we’re ending on a Round Up.  What I could do in this situation, if forethought was a strong suit of mine, is do a 2016 Round Up for you all.  Unfortunately, that is not a skill I have (plus, the internet is already chock full of 2016 lists, and I don’t want to talk about Harambe ever again).  So instead, here’s what happened this week.  We’ve got China banning the ivory trade, a happy elephant, and catty bats.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Does The Fate Of Tuna Rest On Walmart?

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Last week a letter was published by Greenpeace to 40 major US food retailers to put pressure on popular tuna fish brands, such as Chicken of the Sea, to remove unsustainably sourced tuna from their supply chains. Companies such as Walmart, Costco, and Kroger continue to stock their shelves with Chicken of the Sea, the most popular tuna fish brand in the US, even though its supplier is known to use unsustainable fishing and labour practices. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Electric Eels

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Electric eels almost don’t seem real.  I mean, no living creature should be able to produce 600 volts of electricity, right?  We don’t even get that power from wall sockets!  Yet electric eels can, and do just that.  It’s pretty shocking- like, they can kill small caimans shocking. Most people, however, don’t know any more about them than that they can produce electricity and turn Jamie Foxx into a shitty Spiderman villain.  So to spread some knowledge about these pretty incredible creatures, today we’re about electric eels. Continue reading

The Real Lessons Of Finding Dory

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For the last few weeks, leading up to the release of Finding Dory, the internet seemed to become obsessed with blue tangs and making everyone aware that they shouldn’t be kept as pets.  Fortunately, these internet PSAs were unnecessarily once the movie came out, thanks to its content.  Behind the themes of family and friendship, was actually a fairly scathing indictment of aquariums and keeping fish as pets.  The real lesson of the movie, once you take the time to think about it, is that we should not be keeping- to a large degree- any fish in captivity.  The movie even starts to question the role of some aquariums out there today. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: May 29- June 4

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Well, after yesterday’s optimistic article, I’m back today with reality to smack you in the face- sorry.  There was a lot of shit that went on this week while everyone was obsessed with the Cincinnati zoo and Harambe.  It’s almost like everyone was trying to unload all of their crap quietly, while everyone worked themselves up into a ridiculous gorilla-fuelled frenzy.  Anyways, we’ve got an update on the Tiger Temple situation (#JusticeForThailandTigers), lots of coral, and a great new policy out of Norway.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Americans Ready To Screw Up Cuba’s Environment

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As many of you have probably heard, the US has finally restored its diplomatic relations with Cuba, meaning Americans can finally visit the country.  And while there are a lot of good things about this, I’m not going to talk about any of them.  Instead, I want to talk about the unfortunate consequence of this whole thing: American anglers.  A Vermont based fly fishing company, Orvis, wants to bring fly fishing to Cuba, and expects to organize its first trips this year.  Why Cuba?  Because the waters have been well protected and unspoiled, meaning they’re full of fish ripe for the catching.  Yep, they’re going to go down there and f*!k up their environment…‘Merica! Continue reading

May Conservation Series: Reef Systems

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I often wonder if people would care as much about corals if it weren’t for the glorious reef systems that they create. They’re natural wonders and the largest biological structures on the planet. The largest reef system is the Great Barrier Reef, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, that stretch over 2,300 kilometres! Even though coral reefs are found all over the world they have very particular preferences. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: May 2-7

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The new Captain America movie came out yesterday, and it’s pretty damn awesome, so let’s be honest:you’re not sitting at home right now, you’re lined up for some stellar seats at the theater.  Fortunately, that’s where we come in.  Obviously you’ll need something to do while waiting, and we’ve got that something.  So catch up on all of this week’s environmental news before you catch up on what might just be the biggest flick of the summer.  We’ve got wobbegongs, cactus biomimicry, and rabid hedgehogs- aka something for everyone.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

10 More Species Named After Characters: Star Wars Edition

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So a while back we wrote an article all about 15 species named after fictional characters.  Now that Star Wars has been released and I’m fully caught up in the hype that is episode seven, I thought I’d add a bit of a Star Wars spin to this topic, and find some more animals with names from a galaxy far, far away.  Now, last time I mentioned that both Han Solo and Yoda have species named after them, so when you get to the end of this article and realize that your favourite species of trilobite, Han solo, isn’t here, that’s why.  Enjoy! Continue reading

The World’s Smallest Vertebrates

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Does size matter? Without any scientific information to back me up, I would say yes! Just look around at the world we have created as humans! We live in ginormous buildings and McMansions. We eat footlong sandwiches and drink out of litre-sized cups. We even create landmarks like giant nickels and rocking chairs! We are obsessed with giant things! We even show affection towards the largest of animals like whales, elephants, big cats, and gorillas. But what about the smaller things in life? So today, we are shining a spotlight on the little guys, mainly the world’s smallest vertebrates! Continue reading

How Much Meth Does It Take To Feed A Zoo?

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An Albuquerque news station recently found out how much money (it’s a lot) their local zoo spends on animal feed each year, and two things went through my head, 1. No shit, and 2. Breaking Bad was so good.  Remember Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, and all their crazy drug fueled shenanigans they went through in Albuquerque?  You know, all the deaths, and murders, and lies, and deceit- what a great show.  Anyways, all that got me thinking- the zoo is spending a lot of money on food, and you can make a lot of money from blue meth, so let’s join those two together.  Long story short, now I want to know just how easy would it be for Walter White to fund a zoo! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 2-7

It’s that time of the week again: it’s the Weekly Round Up!  This week was all over the place.  There were steps forward in the fight to get people to realize that global warming is a thing- like Canada getting a Minister of the Environment and Global Warming as well as Canada’s scientists getting unmuzzled- but also steps backward- ignorance surrounding NASA’s Antarctica study.  There was also some really cool new eel and jellyfish research that could have some pretty neat biomimicry ramifications.  So, something for everyone- dig in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 19-24

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Once again, nature continues to both amaze and puzzle us at the same time! Scientists were able to create a robotic insect, as well as link coral destruction to sunscreen, and a Coca-Cola bottle facility was charged with falsifying pollution data. In some good news, Oslo plans to ban cars in the city! But in some bad news, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency can’t work with dead fish… Enjoy! Continue reading

Top 10 Live Animal Cams

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You know, travelling around the world and seeing nature in all its natural beauty is pretty difficult and pretty expensive.  Fortunately for us lazy, poor people, we have the internet, and with the internet comes certain perks.  We can get news for free, we can illegally torrent things to feel like pirates, and we can watch some awesome live feeds of animals in their natural habitats.  Today, we’re more focused on that last one, by bringing you the best of the best when it comes to live animal cams.  Sure, sometimes nothing much is happening with them, but when they’re on, they’re on!  So here are, in no particular order, our 10 favourite live animal cams! Continue reading

Major Nature Fails

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It is a great thing to be able to get out of the city and enjoy the beauty of nature. The crisp, clean air, the sun on your face, and the wind in your hair can boost your mood and relax you. However, nature isn’t always so pristine and calming and there is also a subset of humanity who should not venture into nature…ever. To honour these unfortunate human beings, here is a collection of some the best nature fails courtesy of the Internet! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: September 27- October 3

popeThis week we are putting a lot of focus on migrations! From fish to mammals and insects, these species are really moving and shaking! Oh, also we have some genetically engineered “micro pigs” from China…yeah, brace yourselves for that one! Also, a company has created an edible water balloon that puts wasteful water bottles to shame! Don’t worry, we also have some words from the Pope since he was in the US last week or something… Continue reading

8 Animal Babies That Are Better Than Human Babies

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As a species, humans are pretty shitty.  Even at our strongest we’re not really that gifted at anything.  Sure we’ve got a super powerful brain, but ignore that and we’re really just sacks of meat and blood.  We’re not fast, our eyesight is awful, as is our hearing and sense of smell, we don’t have a tough skin, and we really have no inherent way to protect ourselves.  Honestly, it’s kind of surprising that we’ve made it this far with just a good brain.  But we’re not really going to talk about that today.  Instead, so that we can all feel really awful about ourselves as a species, we’re going to talk about how even as babies, we’re comparatively awful.  So here are 8 animal babies who are, in no particular order, just better than us. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: September 14-19

It’s Saturday and there’s a Weekly Roundup?  Yep, that’s right, we’re changing things around a bit.  We’re now rounding up the week on Saturday- exciting right… no not really… alright then.  Well, anyways, what should actually be exciting is that some pretty cool stuff happened this week.  Radioactive fish, musically inclined animals, movie watching apes- this week was fun.  So lets just dive right in. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Sea Lamprey

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Lampreys, or the devil’s suction cups, are terrifying.  In fact they don’t even look real, and are a much better reason to never go into the ocean than sharks.  But what’s cool about them, other than the fact that they look like something out of a horror film, is that they actually pre-date sharks and other fish, breaking off of the tree of life first!  Oh and they’ve made they’re way into the Great Lakes water system all the way from the Atlantic Ocean.  Yeah, they’re pretty much in your backyard… So let’s talk about lampreys! Continue reading