Episode 10: Everything About Animals 2

I’m not giggling, you’re giggling. Stop it! This is science, there’s no laughing in science! Ahem. The Blue Whale, ladies and gentlemen.

WhaleFacts.org

Nat Geo Blue Whale Facts

Honestly, this is something I’ve always joked about…but now I understand!

Average woodpecker hits tree at 15 mph, 20x per second, 12,000 time a day

  • In woodpeckers, two horns of the hyoid bone come out of the right nostril, divide into two parts between the eyes, travels over the head and joins together at the back of the tongue.
  • This helps the woodpecker store its super long tongue
  • AND acts like a seat beltĀ for the brain!

Why woodpeckers can hammer without getting headaches

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2016/01/06/bird-brains-why-dont-woodpeckers-get-concussions/#7451f5c64256

 

The Gypsy Moth & Bug Love

 

Gypsy Moth. Lymantria dispar..Male(plumed antennae)

  • Female moths make their own perfume, phermones, hormones that the males can smell with their feathery antennae and use to track down an avaliable lady moth.

  • like rose petals to the bedroom…
  • Except slightly harder to find.
    • Phermones are TINY!
      • Like a few hundred molecules in a piece of air about the size of a sugar cube.

That’s like trying to find the fruit fly sized love of your life floating around in a football stadium.

Watch out moth gents…not all girls are as they seem!

I KNOW! I KNOW! I just can’t stop with these dang spiders. But they’re so cool!

Sloths and their Moths:

 

Science Alert Sloths Poop a Week

The Mystery of Sloth Poop: One More Reason to Love Science

Scientific American Headless Cockroach Mystery Solved

Read the article. It’s good. But, basically, here’s the scoop:

Cockroaches have a more open circulation system blood pressure is low. If the head is chopped off there is time for clotting. They get their oxygen through spiracles that deliver oxygen directly to the tissue. Because they are cold blooded, cockroaches don’t need as much food to keep themselves warm, so they don’t need to eat frequently either. Hence, the surviving for weeks with no head. Fun facts!