Author Archives: Alison Jobling

Good news for one whale (and her friend)

There aren’t too many good stories around these days, so it’s nice to find one when it happens. Crew members of a whale-watching vessel spotted a regular visitor to the local waters around Long Island in trouble: the humpback, nicknamed … Continue reading

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Animated evolution – Stated Clearly by Jon Perry

Sunday was the anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species (first published on 24th November 1859 – you can find his collected works here), so it’s a perfect time to talk about evolution. Evolution can be a difficult … Continue reading

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Octopus selfies

It’s not often that you get to say “an octopus ate my homework stole my camera”, but diver Victor Huang got to say just that. While diving off the coast of Wellington, New Zealand, an octopus stole his camera and … Continue reading

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Hello nightmares – why scorpions glow in the dark

I’m pretty sure that almost no-one loves scorpions – they’re not far behind spiders in the ‘primal nightmare’ stakes, given the whole scuttling thing and the poisonous sting. But they are fascinating for at least one reason: they glow under … Continue reading

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Mimicry and warning in the insect world

Taking a break from the wonderful world of octopods, but still within the “amazing creatures” realm, I’d like to introduce you to some interesting mimicry and other colouration in the insect world. Many insects can’t credibly threaten most predators, so … Continue reading

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More strange octopods

I’ve been off for a week with bronchitis, curled up at home coughing violently and generally feeling sorry for myself, so apologies for the posting hiatus. Normal service will now be resumed, and with one of my favourite topics – … Continue reading

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Good news: Lions in Sambaru National Park

African lion  populations are declining, due to poaching, habitat loss, and poisoning. But there is hope, thanks to the Ewaso Lions organisation created by wildlife conservation researcher Shivani Bhalla. She is working with the Samburu tribe to collect data on … Continue reading

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Biologist finds potential new species – up his own nose

Yes, you read that right. Professor Tony Goldberg, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, returned from a research trip to Africa to discover ‘an arachnid stowaway‘ in his nasal cavity. Turned out to be a tick (rather an unpleasant creature to … Continue reading

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A big green blotch in Rymill Park pond

All images courtesy of Robert Baldock, Honorary Research Associate at the State Herbarium of South Australia. There’s been some concern this week about the large, bright green bloom in the pond in Rymill Park – some fear it might be … Continue reading

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Anzang nature photography exhibition at SA Museum

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition is happening at the South Australian Museum, and there are some truly stunning images on display. The exhibition will continue until Monday 25th November, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily, … Continue reading

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