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Weird and wonderful tales of Australian wildlife. Hosted by award winning science journalist Rae Johnston and ecologist Chris McCormack

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    • 4.5 • 99 Ratings

Weird and wonderful tales of Australian wildlife. Hosted by award winning science journalist Rae Johnston and ecologist Chris McCormack

    The underwater punk straight out of the realm of science fiction

    The underwater punk straight out of the realm of science fiction

    In this final episode of Look at Me, we dive into the ocean’s to discover a creature that is perhaps the most bizarre animal Rae has ever seen. This dazzling group of sea slugs adapts to its dynamic environment using colourful headdresses, stinging cells and lungs that can exist outside the body. Little is still known about the nudibranch but we meet the researcher and the citizen scientist wading though the tidal zones to find out more

    • 27 min
    The scientist who dedicated her life to the mysterious springtail – Look at Me podcast

    The scientist who dedicated her life to the mysterious springtail – Look at Me podcast

    In the 1950s Dr Penelope Greenslade became one of the few women to study at Cambridge University. She then travelled to Solomon Islands where her love affair with the springtail began, a tiny acrobatic animal that you’ll find almost everywhere in Australia but have probably never recognised Rain reveals the creatures that walk on water

    • 34 min
    The tenacious bird abandoning its young in a giant thermal mound

    The tenacious bird abandoning its young in a giant thermal mound

    In some of the most harsh habitat in Australia, you’ll find what looks like giant piles of dirt. But dig deeper and you’ll find the eggs of the malleefowl, buried in leaf litter and sand at the exact depth needed to keep them warm until they hatch and are left to fend for themselves, newborn birds fighting to survive

    • 33 min
    The weird, wonderful and ultimately exhausting life of the antechinus

    The weird, wonderful and ultimately exhausting life of the antechinus

    This marsupial mouse enters its first mating season with a thirty-fold increase in testosterone. It copulates at a frenetic rate, only to collapse afterwards, dying from its exertions. But now climate change is posing a much more serious threat to the species than sex

    • 34 min
    The gym junkie of the sky

    The gym junkie of the sky

    Imagine flying thousands of kilometres to avoid getting cold. Meet the bird that starts its migration journey at a Siberian bush doof and ends up on the mudflats of eastern Australia. In this episode of Look at Me, we hitch a ride with the eastern curlew and meet the zoologist who learnt to fly a plane so she could track their flight path

    • 25 min
    The ants keeping an endangered butterfly alive

    The ants keeping an endangered butterfly alive

    Imagine outsourcing childcare to a nest of ants? This may not be the best idea for humans but a certain insect is making it work. Now the Eltham copper butterfly’s amazing use of surrogate ant parents has attracted human fans who are using a song to try to save it from extinction

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

EcosystemEm ,

Wonderful nature

So lovely to have another Australian nature podcast. The cuttlefish episode made me cry!

Jungle Sheila ,

Excellent Podcast

Most interesting podcast. I couldn’t wait to listen to them all.

Nat- The Forest Faerie ,

Season 2 💚

So excited there is finally a season 2.
This has definitely been one of my absolute favourite series to listen to, and I’ve listened to it a couple of times through now just because I love it so much.

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