Winter is coming: calling all dragons

In Richard Attenborough’s BBC documentary The Living Planet (1984), episode “World’s Apart”, he discusses the evolution of Komodo Dragon’s in the isolated Indonesian island archipelago that comprises Komodo National Park (23:05). Attenborough states that Komodo dragons can grow up to 9 ft. in length and up to 100 lbs in weight, which is much larger... Continue Reading →

The Mysteries of Wild Ass Mating

Sexual reproduction can be quite a tricky process, involving an array of selective pressures that produce intriguing behaviors across species. Male-male competition is one common form of sexual selection and includes a variety of processes, such as direct combat. For example, look at the male-male competition that occurs within the wild ass populations of the... Continue Reading →

Whales can blow bubbles… and sing too!

Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice provide viewers a unique look into the reproductive strategies of humpback whales across the Pacific Ocean. Just like birds, these whales use song to attract potential mates. All males near Hawaii sing the same song, and this song starts to vary over time. Sometimes a young male can even tag... Continue Reading →

Algae Are Friends not Food

Why did the limestone feel unappreciated? Because they thought they were being taken for granite! Fortunately, they are appreciated by coral reefs. Coral reefs are large underwater ecosystems that are home to thousands of different underwater species. In fact, they are commonly known as the rainforests of the sea due to their rich diversity. In... Continue Reading →

In the pilot of Blue Planet II, we are introduced to the dramatic scenery of Northern Japan, where life teems beneath the surface. Out of a patch of flora emerges the rather odd looking male Kobudai, a one meter long fish weighing around 15 kilos. His bulbous head and protruding chin give a sort of... Continue Reading →

The Un-Bear-able Truth

From Pole to Pole, Series 1, Episode 1, depicts the impacts of raising young polar bear cubs on hibernation cycles and, consequently, survival. This video focuses on the maternal efforts taken to ensure the offsprings’ survival. Polar bears reproduce sexually, and the father has nothing to do with the mother or offspring after mating. After... Continue Reading →

Ice, Ice, (Protect My) Baby

One evolutionary misconception is, “because evolution is slow, humans cannot influence it.” In Episode 1 of Blue Planet II Season 1, David Attenborough states that over the past 30 years, the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean over the summer has reduced by 40%. This drastic decrease in ice is due to sudden warming... Continue Reading →

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