After two years of AnimalGeeks.net we have decided that we are due for a reimagining. Animal Geeks was mainly about Harri and Duncan chatting away about animals. With Xanthe back from New Zealand we are thinking of a more diverse range of subjects, including kitesurfing and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
Our 40th episode, we have a look back at the last 15 months and 40 episodes of Animal Geeks. We have a talk about our favourite episodes and animal sightings. Our favourite episodes by downloads tend to feature discussion about Jeremy Wade’s River Monsters and Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60. Anything dangerous and venomous does tend to rate highly!
This week we discuss ecological niches. We check out which animal fulfils the role of apex predator, grassland herbivore and squirrel in various ecosystems; and which bird is New Zealand’s pig. Monty has been away in Cairns Hospital with a tropical nasty. He enjoyed the flight in the care of http://careflight.org
After two years in our new home, Australia we thought it was about time we got around to discussing marsupials. Kangaroos, wallabies, numbats, quolls, thylacines…..you name it we cover it. Xanthe and Harri have had ten days camping at Cape Bathurst and give us a trip report.
In a new format this week we have a look at a veterinary case of the week, Jet the American Bulldog who took on a Taipan. We head back 60 million years in the Land Rover Time Machine to have a look at the largest snake ever to have lived, Titanoboa. Our new business website is up at Seadog Veterinary Services. We also went for a sail out to the Great Barrier Reef and Xanthe and Harri give us a report on the wildlife we saw.
This week we set about dissecting a Mouse Spider. We have a general look at Tarantulas aka Mygalomorph spiders. We fire up the time machine for a quick look at spider evolution in the Triassic. Harri enjoys the extra oxygen available but decides that the extra size that it gave insects and arachnids might be a worry.
We are back to the old school team of Duncan and Harri this week. We look at Whale evolution, heading back in the time machine to have a look at Pakicetus, Ambulocetus and Remingtonocetus. Harri also hatches a plan to corner the whale milk market, but realises the practicalities of whale milking might prove problematic.