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Life is strange, naturally you want to hear about it. Strange by Nature is your guide to the strange, weird and unbelievable side of nature. Professional naturalists present weekly curated stories about just how strange nature can get.

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Life is strange, naturally you want to hear about it. Strange by Nature is your guide to the strange, weird and unbelievable side of nature. Professional naturalists present weekly curated stories about just how strange nature can get.

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Episodes

The Most Painful Plant in the World

2/28/2024
This week Rachel kicks of the show talking about the bizarre theoretical phenomenon of Spaghettification, the process of your body being stretched out into a line of sub-atomic particles inside a black hole. Victoria then takes us to the ocean where we learn about how the ear-wax plugs of whales can teach us about their life-histories. Kirk then wraps it all up by telling us about the horrific experience of bing stung by the most painful plant in the world, the Gympie-Gympie. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:43:05

The Missing Continent of Zealandia

2/21/2024
This week Kirk kicks us off with a discussion of Samurai Crabs and realizes they sound familiar because of a strange childhood connection involving a cartoon rabbit. Rachel then dives into prions and Chronic Wasting Disease. Fear not, she has good news. Victoria rounds out this week by telling us about the missing continent of Zealandia. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:38:22

The North American Plant with Caffeine

2/14/2024
Victoria kicks off this week with a charged up salute to caffeine. Sure, you can find it in Coffee and Tea but there are other plants from around the world with caffeine including a Holly from North America. Kirk is up next and he shares multiple examples of times humans have unintentionally caused the evolution of species. Rachel rounds out this week's episode with a Valentine's treat of pearls. Where do they come from? Why do they exist? Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:33:56

Ninety-five Foot High Rogue Waves

2/7/2024
This week we Rachel and Kirk both head to the ocean but or very different reasons. Rachel tells us all about the Portuguese Man-O-War, one of the strangest creatures in the sea. Upon hearing the story, Kirk decides he may never swim in the ocean again. Kirk brings us back to the sea again with a story about the time his ship almost fell victim to the North Sea and then fills us in on the phenomenon of Rogue Waves that can reach 95 feet in height. That's some big waves! Surf's up! Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:32:47

Cologne for Cats?

1/31/2024
This week Kirk kicks things off with details of a fascinating study that determined which perfume tigers find most alluring. The implications for research are surprisingly useful. Rachel takes on a listener suggestion and covers new research into the bizarre ability of Reindeer to eat while they sleep! Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:35:32

A T-Rex with Lips

1/24/2024
This week Victoria starts us off by having us think about dinosaurs and why we haven't updated our portrayals of them based on new science. It turns out, T-Rex probably had lips. Kirk then tells the tale of a time in the far distant past when birds ate our ancestors. Rachel wraps things up this week with the bizarre tale of a moth with a surprising diet. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:44:16

Why Are There So Many Deadly Animals in Australia?

1/17/2024
Rachel kicks off this week with a bizarre tale of a parasite that invades the nests of red ants, pretends to be their queen, works the ants to death, and eats their young all in a quest to become a beautiful butterfly. Victoria takes us to Australia and asks the question, why are there so many poisonous animals there? Kirk rounds out the episode with the strange story of how volcanoes may be changing the color of owls. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:41:13

Beer Saved Our Lives

1/10/2024
This week on the show, Kirk talks about how Beer saved his life (and yours.) Rachel then has a mystery animal that isn't anything like you would suspect from the name. The Mountain Chicken doesn't live in mountains, and isn't a chicken. It isn't even a bird. It is the biggest frog in the world. Weird. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:32:36

Where Did Tongues Come From?

1/3/2024
Two great topics this week. Rachel tells us about mysterious rivers that flow under the ocean and Kirk tracks the history and evolution of the tongue! Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:38:00

Inducing Hibernation with Sound

12/27/2023
This week, Kirk kicks things off by sharing some incredible research that shows it may be possible to induce a torpor/hibernation state in mammals with ultrasound. Rachel lets us know all about the Gopher Tortoise, and Victoria tell us all about the strange world of Mussel reproduction. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:33:13

Echidnas Have a Four-headed Pecker

12/20/2023
Hello Dear Listeners. Here's what we have for you this week. Victoria kicks things off by telling the tale of her recent encounter with one of the world's few venomous mammals and you'll never guess where she found it...her basement! Kirk invents a weird quiz about strange ways nature might try to kill you. Which is more likely, getting hit in the face by a duck while jet skiing or being gored by a bison? Rachel shares about a relative of the playtpus, the Echidna, and wow does she ever save the most disturbing fact until the end. Join us weekly for more strange nature. Our supporters on Patreon get every episode ad free! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:46:22

Bull Sharks on the Golf Course

12/13/2023
We had an absolute blast this week with the full crew. Rachel kicks us off by telling us exactly how strange Scallops really are. Are those eyes? Yup. Next up, Victoria tells us the story of the golf course with bull sharks in the water traps. Kirk then wraps things up by testing out how well the other hosts can spot a hidden snake in digitally altered images all to test out something called the Snake Detection Theory. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:42:55

Excuse Me, Is That the Anal Secretion of a Beaver You’re Wearing?

12/6/2023
Kirk takes us on a journey to learn about where the smell of Musk comes from and along the way we find out about a problem with the synthetic versions that took our nostrils by storm starting in the 1990s. Rachel then tells the amazing story about how the physical structure of dragonfly wings can destroy bacteria just by coming into contact with it. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:34:13

The Dumbest Looking Spider in the World is Deadly

11/29/2023
Rachel kicks things off this week with the most ridiculous looking spider ever. Seriously. This thing is bizarre and cool and completely stupid looking. Listen as we learn about the Pelican Spider. Kirk takes us on a real-life Hero's Journey to the briny depths of the Galapagos Spreading Zone where biologists got a little help finding a rich biological treasure below the waves. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:27:56

Humans are Slowing Getting Colder

11/22/2023
This week Kirk kirk kicks things off by talking about a fungus showing up somewhere unexpected. Speaking of unexpected, Rachel shares a story about two species that were accidentally cross-bred in a lab when it shouldn't have been possible. Victoria rounds out the show this week by talking about how weirdly we're all getting cooler over time. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:58:05

Spring Nocturnal Wanderings is my Band Name

11/15/2023
Victoria brings us the amazing story of the world's first ever known fruit eating frog. Yeah, it pollinates flowers too. Kirk delves into the Salt Cedar and tries to puzzle out whether or not invasive species really are to blame for being the way they are. Rachel blows our minds by telling us about pollinators and flowering plants in the ocean. She presents new research on crustaceans as pollinators. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:38:17

40 Million Pounds of Beer Yeast

11/8/2023
This week, Rachel ask the question, "Can you tell if something is wet?" the answer may surprise you. Kirk talks about a new surprising use for waste beer yeast, it just might be the key to clean drinking water. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:27:03

Maybe Don’t Eat the Snails

11/1/2023
Kirk just can't help himself and goes with another episode about a parasite. Ladies and Germs, we present, the Rat Lung Worm. Rachel keeps the infection theme going by talking about the first ever case of a cross-kingdom infection when a man was found to have a fungus growing in his throat. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:28:25

The Halloween Episode 2023

10/25/2023
Welcome to the Halloween Episode. This week we have three spooky stories. Rachel talks about the terrifying Black Swallower Fish, Victoria bring us the story of Pirate Spiders and Kirk examines the smell of fear. Happy Halloween! Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:30:40

A Digestive Turduckin

10/18/2023
As we ramp up toward Halloween things really start to get weird. Kirk makes us all queasy by talking about Bot flies that prey on humans. Rachel brings us the bizarre looking Monkey Slug Caterpillar and Victoria tells us all about Cockroaches. We had a ton of fun this week, we hope you do too. Support us: patreon.com/strangebynature Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com

Duration:00:33:34