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Archives for December, 2007

Endangered Deliciousness

Seafood Watch is a very cool and very practical conservation effort led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Basically, it is a regularly updated guide to which lake and ocean critters should or should not be devoured each year. At its most convenient, they print a handy business card sized reference guide which you can carry…

As many of you might have noticed, Benny and I have been off for the week for Christmas in San Francisco. The plan was to visit the Zoo on Wednesday, which obviously did not happen, so we checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a twelfth time. Anyway, our apologies for the lack of posts.…

Orcas Work Together for Adorably Tasty Meal

A pod of Orcas surrounds a seal on an ice sheet and creates waves to try and knock it off. This reminds me of when you buy a candy bar and it gets stuck by the wrapper and you have to shake the machine to get it out. Thanks to Zooillogix reader extraordinaire Don Quixjote…

Be-YULE-ga Whales in Japan

Japan is a country pretty much known for only one thing: being mean to whales. They eat whales for taste and curiousity and conduct “experiments” on whales for “Mengele street cred.” But now, they have finally taken their twisted torture too far. The Daily Mail, Britain’s most trusted source for news, reported today that a…

I’m Dreaming of a White Squirrel

Olney, Illinois is famous for white squirrels. In 1943 there were 1000 of the little guys but by the ’90s the population remained constant around 200. The town has implemented a rather strict set of laws to protect them. Dogs are not allowed to roam free anywhere in Olney and in 1997 cats were prohibited…

When Is a Lobster Not a Lobster?

When it’s served at Long John Silvers! I just saw an ad for LJS’ new “Buttered Lobster Bites,” basically a carton of popcorn-chicken-like-crustacean-parts for $2.99. Careful listeners may have paused when they heard that the lobster was “real langostino lobster.” Huh? Now I know my lobster. In fact, I created the world’s premier lobster site…

Tubular Electric Eels Videos

While we’re on the topic, we thought you might enjoy these videos of electric eels using their super powers to defend the world from evil. It’s a Christmas miracle! What’s up now, son? Does that feel good? Who’s the punk now, son? Who’s the punk now? Oh please, don’t eat me Mr. Crocodile. I am…

Rudolph the Electric Christmas Eel

Using aluminum panels as electrodes, Japanese inventor Kazuhiko Minawa has powered a mall Christmas tree with an electric eel. Minawa told Reuters Televesion that “If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree.” Hmmmm…. let’s not do that. The tree…

New Pygmy Possum and Giant Rat Discovered

Much like Pier 1 Imports is the place to make great unexpected holiday gift discoveries this season, Indonesia is the #1 source for mildly inventive new mammal species. In the Foja Mountains rainforest of eastern Papua province, a joint Indonesian and American research team recently stumbled across some new critters. More correctly, in the case…

Two weeks ago, we asked you what your favoritest animals in the world were. Then, last week we asked you to up the ante and get weirder. You responded in turn with a veritable cornucopia of odd critters some of which we had never heard of! (Just kidding of course we’d heard of them, we’re…