How Do Anglerfish Mate? (Endless Sex or Die Trying?!)

Anglerfish Wikimedia

I’ve given hundreds of science lectures over the years, and one of my favorite creatures of all time is the Anglerfish.  Here are some highlights regarding the amazing life of anglerfish and their weird sex habits. In some species of anglerfish, the male has one goal – to find a female and latch onto her … Read more

How Smart are Crocodiles? Can They Cooperate, Communicate…Use Tools?

One of our most memorable times involved taking our five-year old son to visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in far north Queensland Australia.  We were thrilled to watch giant crocs leaping from the water to grab dead chickens, or chooks, being dangled from long poles. Recent research has shown that crocodiles are intelligent hunters that … Read more

How Can We Save Our Oceans? With Marine Sanctuaries!

As a Bachelor of Science ecologist and avid free diver, I’ve done some research to see if there is progress in saving our amazing oceans.  After finding abundant evidence that Marine Sanctuaries are making a positive difference, my optimism is renewed.  Marine Protected Areas and Ocean Sanctuaries protect plants and animals, water quality, the ocean floor and shoreline, and the air that we breathe.  It is politically possible to set aside extensive areas where fishing, mining and … Read more

Why Are Male Animals More Beautiful and Colorful? Sexual Selection! With Photos

As a biologist, I find myself marveling at the amazingly complex rituals, colorful outfits, and tricky dance routines that various animals, and humans, have developed to attract a mate.  Join me as we view the world through the eyes of a biologist and look at the science of sexual selection. Animals have evolved specific physical … Read more

Why is the Cassowary the Most Dangerous Bird in the World? 10 Facts

The Cassowary is one bird that commands respect and awe.  As a biologist I’ve noticed that much of the information circulating about these birds is misleading or downright incorrect.  Join me as we travel to North Queensland, Australia for real facts about these amazing creatures. The Cassowary is dangerous because of its size and strength. … Read more

African Elephant Habitat Is No Accident (Essential Role of Elephants in the Ecosystem)

One of our favorite activities in Africa is to watch elephants in the wild.  Anywhere, anytime!  They are such intelligent caring creatures.  And the babies are fun to watch.  One of the most surprising things about elephants is the role they play in creating the ecosystems they call home. Elephants play an important role in … Read more

What is Killing Our Resident Orcas? Endangered Killer Whales

As a National Park warden and diver on Vancouver Island, in the 1970’s, it was my duty to protect wildlife and soon became my passion.  There was outrage when we discovered that half of the Southern Resident Orcas had been shot or captured and sold for entertainment.  Most were youngsters.  Now over forty years later, … Read more

Why are Animals of the Galapagos Islands Unique?

A trip to the Galapagos islands is like a dream come true for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts like us.  We’ve been fortunate to visit the Galapagos islands and I’ve written this article to help you prepare for a trip of a lifetime to see some of the most unique animals on the planet. Animals on … Read more

Where Can You See Wild Lemurs in Madagascar? One of the Best Places

Join us on our expedition to find wild lemurs in Madagascar.  Lemurs are some of the most iconic creatures on our planet and we were excited to find and photograph some rare Black Lemurs in the wild.  One of the best places to see lemurs in the wild is Lakobe Reserve on the island of … Read more

Where Can You see Lyrebirds in the Wild? the Blue Mountains, Australia

Whenever we explore the scenic hills and valleys of eastern Australia we are on the lookout for the amazing Superb Lyrebird.  The lyrebird has become somewhat of a movie star since David Attenborough featured one mimicking the sounds of a chainsaw on the BBC series Life of Birds (see the video at the end of … Read more

Keeping Mason Bees as Pets

With ten years of experience and research, I’m delighted with keeping Mason bees because they’re fun garden pets who need a safe home. They’re interesting to watch buzzing around feeding themselves and at the same time they’re reducing my food bills. They’re pets that never interfere with travel or holidays! Mason bees or orchard mason … Read more

Flamingo Beaks – Why are they Bent? (Why Do Flamingos Feed Upside Down?)

Flamingo beak bent for filter-feeding

Flamingo beaks have mystified scientists for over 2,000 years.  I’m happy to report that scientists are gaining a good understanding of how the beak works and some of the complex structures involved. The Flamingo’s beak is bent as an adaptation to being used upside down to filter feed on tiny plants and organisms in the … Read more

Why are Hippos Aggressive? (Why Do Hippos Kill People?)

Hippos yawn to give threat signal

We were on safari in a mokoro – a local canoe – in the Okavango delta, when our guide suddenly veered away from the main river channel and plunged into dense reeds.  Why?  He was trying to avoid a potentially deadly hippopotamus. I’ve done extensive research to learn why these animals are so aggressive. Hippos … Read more

Are Komodo Dragons Dangerous? (Where Can you See Them?)

Photo of Komodo dragon

Ever since my days as a young biologist, one of my favourite creatures of all time has been the amazing Komodo Dragon – largest lizard in the world! I have since had the good fortune of visiting the UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park in Indonesia.  Komodo dragons are dangerous predators. You can see Komodo Dragons in … Read more