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Podcast Animal Geeks – 40th Episode Celebration

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!River Monster for dinner!

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Podcast Episode 37 Animal Geeks – King of All Serpents

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. Titanoboa

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Podcast Episode 35 Animal Geeks – Pakicetus

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 PakicetusAmbulocetus and Remingtonocetus.  Harri also hatches a plan to corner the whale milk market, but realises the practicalities of whale milking might prove problematic.

"Skull Pakicetus inachus" by Nordelch - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg

“Skull Pakicetus inachus” by Nordelch – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg

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Podcast Episode 33 Animal Geeks – Spinosaurus and Sauropods

This week we are firing up the time machine and heading back 150 million years to what is now North Africa. Harri has her heart set on riding a Spinosaurus.  It has been busy week at  SeaDog Vet Services dealing with a crocodile attack and Twit the barking owl, and Xanthe has been making a start on her PADI open water dive ticket.  Somehow we manage to morph this into a discussion of Sauropod anatomy. Spinosaurus_skull

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Podcast Episode 31 Animal Geeks – The Bering Land Bridge

   We dust off our time machine to head back 10000 years to visit Beringia.  Harri gets a bit freaked out at the thought of Smilodon (Saber-toothed tiger) attack.  We discuss the migration of humans to modern day North and South America, Australia and Japan.  Xanthe contemplates getting stuck in Beringia and the kind of Hunger Games-esque bow skills that would be required.

Smilodon - Saber-toothed tiger

Smilodon – Saber-toothed tiger

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Podcast Episode 30 Animal Geeks – Bugs

This week we indulge in a bit of Q & A about bugs. Somehow we also mention rhinos, body farms, savannahs, edible insects and maggots. Stories via Steve Backshall,  Stuff You Should Know Podcast and Entomologist Alex Wild’s www.myrmecos.net

Harri recommends the Body Farm episode of Stuff You Should Know for some gross fun

 

Charts

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ABC’s Rebecca Levingston onboard Rockhopper

We called into Cairns last week for important things like diesel, water and sushi.  ABC’s Evenings host Rebecca Levingston was in town and we invited her onboard the boat for breakfast.  Xanthe gave her a tour of the boat and we had a chat about life with five people on a fifteen meter yacht.  I think we have almost convinced Rebecca to charter a yacht in the Whitsunday Islands for her next holiday. Failing that we have left her a standing invitation to come up to Cooktown for a sail!

 

 

Our last Anchorage on the horizon

Our last Anchorage on the horizon