Friday finds: podcast edition

To re‐start this series (and blog!), I’ve decided to share some of my favourite zoology‐related podcasts:

The Chameleon Breeder Podcast is perhaps the most niche podcast I listen to, and is great for chameleon‐lovers. Although it mainly focuses on chameleons in captivity, there are also episodes about expeditions, such as these recordings by Mark Scherz.

This Podcast Will Kill You looks into infectious diseases, a topic not covered by many other podcasts. With topics ranging from toxoplasmosis to prions, it’s a great introduction to the world of infectious diseases.

As I type this, I’m listening to The Fisheries Podcast. It recently returned from a hiatus, and its most recent episode can be found here.

SciShow Tangents is not solely zoology‐based, but is still very enjoyable. I particularly like their episode on bats.

And finally, I recently discovered a search engine for podcasts. Listen Notes is a great resource for finding new podcasts.

ARCHELON Part 1: Preveza and Amvrakikos

Shortly after finishing my final year exams, I signed up to volunteer with ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society of Greece.

A few weeks later, I arrived at Monolithi, where ARCHELON has its Preveza base. The campsite is opposite the longest beach in Europe (I can confirm that it’s long!).

Each day in Preveza started with a morning survey, where we searched for sea turtle nests. After each morning survey, we would go back to the campsite to update the databases with the information gathered that morning.

After two weeks at Preveza, it was time to go to Amvrakikos. My time at Amvrakikos was unlike anything I have ever done before.

At this project, we were on the boat from 8am to around 3pm, looking for and tagging the loggerhead sea turtles found in the bay.

“Turtle jumping” (shown in the video below) was like nothing else I have done before. Looking back, it still seems slightly surreal.

Our work there also included rescuing turtle caught in fishing gear, which was my first personal experience of the effects of fishing on wildlife. This was quite eye-opening, and something which I would like to try and mitigate during my future career.

More information about the Preveza project area can be found here. Further information about the Amvrakikos Bay project can be found here.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I will talk about my experiences with the Zakynthos project area.


Friday finds 4

A round up of zoological snippets from around the web.


Nominations for the new £50 character have now opened. You can nominate a scientist here.

Cambridge University’s zoology museum has reopened.


How llamas could help us fight flu.

Why ticks are killing moose at a high rate.


Freshwater turtle hatchlings in Australia face many threats, ranging from “nest imprisonment” to foxes.


A look at 17 new species of sea slug.

Science communication 

An obituary for the broadcaster Aubrey Manning, a zoology lecturer who worked on BBC series such as Landscape Mysteries.

And finally, something for Halloween (albeit a few days late!)


New species of the month: a Micronesian basslet

In 2016, four specimens of Tosanoides annepatrice were collected by divers using hand nets whilst carrying out deep dives. They were found between 115 and 148 m deep.  

This new species joins three other species in the genus Tosanoides. Researchers have recorded at least two other undescribed species in this genus.

Tosanoides annepatrice has not been evaluated under the IUCN Red List criteria. 

Other reporting on Tosanoides annepatrice



Tosanoides flavofasciatus (source).


Friday finds #3

Friday finds is back! Here’s a roundup of recent (and not‐so‐recent) zoology snippets from around the web:

A photo of a caecilian egg, by Simon Maddock

A list of expert entomologists on Twitter

An unusual story about sea monkeys

The Z Files, an online radio show dedicated to zoology. Tune in at 2pm BST on Sundays

The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced

And finally


Do you have any Friday finds of your own? Share them in the comments!

A Liebster Award nomination

Thank you Josh Gross for the nomination (I’ve just realised it has been a month since the nomination, and it’s gone way too quickly).

So here goes:


This version of the Liebster Award has five rules. They are:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them. 

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Reflections on a module

Time has flown by since I started the Bio Enterprise and Employability series on this blog.

It has been an enjoyable module, and I feel it has given my valuable knowledge and experience.

Overall, my favourite talk was the one on puff adder behaviour. I think the most useful workshop was the careers café, and the most enjoyable assignment for me was blogging.

I found how my note-taking style differs between lectures and science talks interesting. For example, my lecture notes tend to be more detailed, whereas my blog post notes are sometimes less detailed and include my thought on the talk.

It was nice to be able to choose which talks to attend and write about, although many have not made it into this blog (so far, at least). This series has also given me an opportunity to see what type of content you, the readers of this blog, like. Hopefully I will be able to use this to inform future content.

I must admit I was initially sceptical about the content and value of the workshops. However, during and after them, I realised that I enjoyed them, and did gain some skills, such as co-writing a business plan and presenting a business plan, that I would not have picked up elsewhere.

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Bats with Catharine Wüster

Bangor University’s Zoological Society’s most recent talk was all about bats, and was given by Catherine Wüster PhD MCIEEM.

She started the talk by looking at the evolutionary history of bats. It turns out the bat order (Chiroptera, or “hand-wings”) is over 50 million years old, and is very diverse. For example, there diets of bats range from nectar to blood. Some are also important pollinators, and one species, the long-nosed bat, is essential for the production of tequila.

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