Tag: nature

  • Gustave, the Demonic, Bullet-proof Crocodile

    Gustave, the Demonic, Bullet-proof Crocodile

    I’ve already covered crocodiles and their success as apex predators, but now I’d like to introduce you to someone. Gustave is a prime example of his species: a man-eating Nile crocodile who is near impossible to kill. Gustave hatched around 1955 in the African country of Burundi, making him roughly 67 years old. This massive […]

  • Creature Feature: Manatees, The Ocean’s Pacifists

    Creature Feature: Manatees, The Ocean’s Pacifists

    I firmly believe that if we replaced all hippos with manatees, the world would be a better place (I’m joking; hippopotamus dung is great for the environment but their attitude is not). Manatees are the most peaceful, serene animals in existence and it’s beautiful how simple they are. They’re such pacifists that they don’t even […]

  • Creature Feature: Hungry Hippos

    Creature Feature: Hungry Hippos

    Hippos are one of the few animals that genuinely freak me out. Hyenas? Love ‘em. Vultures? They’re my favourite bird! But the thought of meeting a hippo in the wild absolutely terrifies me.  Hippopotamuses – meaning “rive horses” in Greek – should be just as cute and cuddly as manatees. They’re big lazy herbivores who […]

  • Creature Feature: The Prehistoric Crocodile

    Creature Feature: The Prehistoric Crocodile

    This post comes at the request of my mum, who said “write about crocodiles and maybe I’ll like them!” And with the crocodile being one of Earth’s oldest creatures, I was more than happy to oblige.  I’m Australian, which means I grew up watching Steve Irwin and worrying I’d see a crocodile in any body […]

  • Creature Feature: The Slimy Salamander

    Creature Feature: The Slimy Salamander

    The salamander is not a singular species, but a family of amphibians (animals that can live on land and water). This family includes true salamanders, newts, and some fun names like hellbenders and mud puppies. They all have tails, stumpy bodies, and generally slimy skin. Some of them are plain, some are brightly coloured, but […]

  • Animals Mistaken For Mythical Creatures

    Animals Mistaken For Mythical Creatures

    Monsters and mythical creatures have always captured the human imagination. They are humanity’s answer to things we can’t explain, and proof that storytelling is our oldest art form. Before we had access to a great wealth of information about the world, there were a lot of things we had no name for. Palaeontology, the study […]

  • Top 3 Symbiotic Relationships in Nature

    Top 3 Symbiotic Relationships in Nature

    “Survival of the fittest” is an oft-quoted, oft-misunderstood saying that implies it’s every animal for themselves in the wild. But the truth is, many animals of different species co-exist peacefully, even having mutually beneficial relationships. When two different kinds of animals work together in symbiotic relationships, it’s known as mutualism. Unlike parasites, both parties get something […]

  • Creature Feature: Spotted Hyenas

    Creature Feature: Spotted Hyenas

    I know what the common perception of hyenas is: cruel, cowardly scavengers who leech off of other predators’ hunts. When we think of these animals, we most often think of the trio from The Lion King.  Disney actually got in a bit of trouble over its depiction of spotted hyenas. The animators went to the […]

  • Creature Feature: Elephants, the Gentle Giants of the Land

    Creature Feature: Elephants, the Gentle Giants of the Land

    Elephants are truly gorgeous creatures. While I usually write about the weird and unnerving animals on this blog, I want to also appreciate these gentle giants.  Elephants are known for their size and strength, and are symbols of wisdom and peace. They are the largest land mammals on earth and have caused their fair share […]

  • These Plants Can Kill: Deadly Flora

    These Plants Can Kill: Deadly Flora

    “Every rose has its thorns”. We all love the sight of a beautiful garden, but sometimes the loveliest appearances hide a deadly nature.  Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, decided in 1995 that she wanted to grow a garden exclusively containing harmful plants. She originally thought of a medicinal garden, but she changed her mind […]