Tag: Animal of the week

10/10/11

So far, I’ve been pretty slack at representing the diverse range of insects across the globe. So for the very last AOTW of the year, let me present to you the Tarantula Hawk Wasp. This voracious critter gets its name from the way it aggressively hunts Tarantulas. The female hawk wasp injects these spiders with [...]

02/10/11

I’m just going to come right out and say it. This week, I cheated. This Animal of the Week isn’t so much an animal as it is a forest. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a damn cool forest. I just thought I’d give you a heads up. In the north-west of Poland, amongst a dense [...]

19/09/11

Several species of lizard belonging to the genus Phrynosoma are distributed across the Americas. These lizards, this week’s AOTW, are commonly known as horned lizards. Due to these lizards’ rounded snout and body, they’re often referred to as horny frogs or toads. But don’t let this fool you. The distinctive spines around the lizards head [...]

12/09/11

You frequent Salientologists will know how big of a fan I am of animals that seem to be formed from the random features of other animals. This week’s AOTW is no disappointment. My dear friend Dorothy recently returned from a trip to Argentina. Over coffee, she enthusiastically described a “super cute, rabbit-kangaroo hybrid, which has [...]

05/09/11

Inhabiting the north-eastern Pacific Ocean is possibly the cutest of all marine mammals. Everybody knows the adorable faces and comically playful behaviour of the sea otter, but what else earns them the title of ‘Animal of the Week’? Sea otters can dive up to 100 meters and close their nostrils and ears when doing so. [...]

15/08/11

Say hello to the Oarfish, the world’s longest bony fish. Often referred to as “the king of herrings”, these fish have been known to grow up to 17 metres long. Their preferred habitat is between 600 and 1000 metres below the sea surface, but they have been known to wash up on shore after violent [...]

08/08/11

Imagine an animal that looks like a pig, with the trunk of an anteater and the body of a panda, but is closely related to horses and rhinoceroses and is nick-named the “Asian Mountain Cow”. This eclectic combination of animals in fact describes the Malayan tapir—this week’s Animal of the Week. This is the largest [...]

25/07/11

Imagine you’re a spider, just chillin’ in your web, when hotdamn! A delicious victim becomes ensnared in your sticky trap. As you tip-toe your way closer, things begin to go terribly awry; your meal suddenly scurries off and, before you know it, another spider is stabbing its fangs right into your ass. If spiders could [...]

11/07/11

Welcome back Salientologists. The Animal of the Week this week is the Blue Dragon nudibranch, Glaucus atlanticus. Nudibranchs are commonly referred to as sea slugs but they are actually a form of snail that lose their shells early in development. Before we move onto why the G. atlanticus is so badass, an honourable mention must [...]