Zoology

Ndumo adventure!

August 15, 2017 0

Last week, I was lucky enough to be a part of a research team who were headed for Ndumo Game Reserve, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. One of the researchers, Cormac, was looking for terrapins, while Camille, […]

Zoology

Warm blood gives sharks and tunas superspeed

July 26, 2017 0

Although shark movies like Jaws and Sharknado 1, 2, 3 (the list goes on…) may portray sharks in an unrealistically menacing light, they are correct in that sharks are fast. Really fast. But the sharks […]

Zoology

How does it feel to discover a new species?

May 3, 2017 0

When we think of discovering a species, our imagination may take us to some far off jungle, slashing away at hanging lianas to find some bizarre, unheard of little creature. A eureka moment ensues, and […]

Zoology

Who is Talking in the World of Silence?

March 8, 2017 0

For many years, scientists have thought that the oceans are a unique world of silence. During the last few decades though, research findings revealed that oceans are a rather noisy environment. Noises, like waves, rain, […]

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Unravelling the “Jaws” myth

February 21, 2017 0

Scientists have long had a (debatably) unhealthy fascination for potentially dangerous wild animals. A curiosity for anything with sharp teeth, claws, fangs, tusks, and an instinct for survival so strong they could easily shred you to pieces. Call it the […]

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The “Crypt-Keeper” Wasp

February 2, 2017 0

“Crypt-keeper” wasp tunnels through another wasp’s head. Think you’re having a bad day? Well, feel for the gall wasp. This unfortunate parasite digs its way into an oak tree to reproduce only to be parasitized […]

Zoology

10 Amazing Animals You Can Spot in Ireland

January 23, 2017 2

While we might not have bears hibernating in our caves or packs of wolves roaming our countryside (anymore), Ireland has its fair share of spectacular wildlife, from the cute and cuddly to the downright awe-inspiring. […]

Zoology

Sex, Drugs and Falcons: The Illicit Falconry Trade

January 19, 2017 0

“Falconry” or “hawking” can be defined as the art and sport of hunting in a natural state with a trained bird of prey. Since 2010, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has […]

Zoology

Swanning Around: True Love and Rude Boats

January 17, 2017 0

Long story short: they aren’t mute, cygnets are adorable and swans are dinosaurs. Mute swans or Cygnus olor are interesting birds. Easy to identify due to their impressive size and pure white colour, they are […]

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