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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. Chosen as one of the best science podcasts of 2021 by Find That Pod.

Strange by Nature Podcast Strange by Nature

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    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

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. Chosen as one of the best science podcasts of 2021 by Find That Pod.

    Fungal Nightmare Fuel

    Fungal Nightmare Fuel

    This week, Rachel introduces us to a fungus we are pretty sure is actually an alien waiting to infect us and burst from our chest cavity, Victoria shares the story of the fascinating Argonaut sea creature and Kirk once again tries to break our brains, this time by thinking about Lemmings. 
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    • 34 min
    Farting fish, Poisonous mushrooms, and Cow mucus lube

    Farting fish, Poisonous mushrooms, and Cow mucus lube

    This one's s doozy. Rachel starts us off with the mystery of farting fish, our guest Lang DeLancy tells us the tale of a mushroom that turns to rocket fuel in your stomach and Kirk grosses us out with new research on cow mucus based personal lubricant with the ability to fight STIs. 
    Support us on patreon: patreon.com/strangebynature
    Email us: contact@strangebynaturepodcast.com
    Visit us at: strangebynaturepodcast.com
     

    • 36 min
    The Gall of this Guest feat. Michael Hawk

    The Gall of this Guest feat. Michael Hawk

    This week we welcome a special guest, Michael Hawk from Nature's Archive podcast. Kirk kicks things off by talking about the Demon Core, Michael talks about the bizarre world of plant galls and Rachel round things out with poisonous birds!
    This week's show was made possible by members of the Society of Strange. Join today! patreon.com/strangebynature
    You can find Michael's podcast at Nature's Archive
    You can also check out his environmental organization: Jumpstart Nature

    For more on galls, check out a webinar he did w/ Dr. Merav Vonshak on galls: Plant Galls for the Curious Naturalist
    Follow Michael on social media:
    Nature's Archive: @naturesarchive IG, FB, Twitter
    Jumpstart Nature: @jumpstartnature IG, FB, Twitter
     
    Specific podcast episodes where Michael talks more about galls. 

    Dr. Doug Tallamy - Episode #26Adam Kranz of Gallformers.org - Episode #29


     

    • 45 min
    The Parasitic Turducken

    The Parasitic Turducken

    Rachel kicks things off this week talking about the howling Grasshopper mouse, Victoria makes us all uncomfortable talking about a crab parasite and Kirk talks about a possible connection between the Black Plague and autoimmune diseases. 
     
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    • 30 min
    The Animal No One Has Ever Seen

    The Animal No One Has Ever Seen

    Kirk unwraps the mystery of "The Trembles", Rachel discusses tidal bores and Victoria tells us the tale of an animal that has never been seen. 

    • 36 min
    The Halloween Show: Necrobotic Zombie Spiders, Vampire Butterflies and The Kraken!

    The Halloween Show: Necrobotic Zombie Spiders, Vampire Butterflies and The Kraken!

    Happy Halloween Everyone. Welcome to the 2022 Halloween Show. This week we have extra spooky topics. Victoria talks about dead spiders brought back to life as robots by scientists, Kirk tells us the tale of vampire butterflies ripping into the flesh of their friends and Rachel dives deep into the ocean to explore a possible real-world version of the mythical Kraken sea monster. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

JesssMpls ,

Super fun and fascinating

I enjoy this podcast so much. Each episode is utterly fascinating and often very funny. I love learning all about the strangeness and brilliance of nature. Keep up the good work, guys!

trygby ,

Needs work

Rachel lacks knowledge. Her segments are elementary and show her very shallow knowledge of her topic.
Victoria smacks her lips making it very difficult to listen.
Kirk is saving grace of show. He’s knowledgeable, funny and voice is easy to listen to.
Show would benefit from them finding balance of banter and info.

I like what you’re doing here in general but very rough around the edges.

DrinkEatnBeMary ,

Fascinating and factual

I’d say the sign of a great podcast is skeptically observing your cat from afar after finding out the parasitic power they just may have over your brain from said podcast.

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