A new animal to be afraid of? When sea lions attack…

Interesting article in The Guardian: Experience: I was nearly drowned by a sea lion What Trish hadn’t seen was that at the moment she said “Smile!” a sea lion had leapt about 7ft out of the water to get the fish, and grabbed my left hand in the process. Sea lions have canine teeth, just… Continue reading A new animal to be afraid of? When sea lions attack…

“‘Depraved’ sex acts by penguins shocked polar explorer”

‘Depraved’ sex acts by penguins shocked polar explorer 9 June 2012 Last updated at 20:36 ET By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed a century ago by a member of Captain Scott’s polar team, are finally being made public. Details, including “sexual coercion”, recorded by George… Continue reading “‘Depraved’ sex acts by penguins shocked polar explorer”

That’s one hung duck (slightly NSFW.)

North American scientists have discovered the longest bird penis ever – a 42.5cm organ belonging to a duck. Dr Kevin McCracken of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and colleagues, report in this week’s Nature that they have found a specimen of the Argentine lake duck (Oxyura vittata) that has a penis as long as its… Continue reading That’s one hung duck (slightly NSFW.)

Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

Since it’s been a while since I posted a good “News of the Weird” link… Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the… Continue reading Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

Hitchin’ a ride.

Crab videotaped riding giant jellyfish Exactly what it says. Requires a video player plugin, not sure which but one I had in any event. Animals are weird… It’s a good day for random weird stuff: Missing in Mexico: Truck with 5,000 condoms, 800 HIV tests and a giant inflatable prophylactic MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Missing… Continue reading Hitchin’ a ride.

Beware undead hamsters.

A post on Making Light tracks BBC “obsession” with hamsters, and this one story caught my attention: Hamster back from the dead Three-year-old Claudia had gone to the great cage in the sky. Or so it seemed. For despite being buried in her makeshift coffin three feet below the ground, the plucky rodent was determined… Continue reading Beware undead hamsters.