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Double dare gross out

We promised you adventures in science. This is a good one if you can make it through the first few minutes, because it is the most disgusting but fascinating science show we have ever seen. If you don’t wimp out, you’ll get to see something amazing and rare—the inside of a dead sperm whale.

Before watching “Sperm Whale” _Inside Nature’s Giants_ make sure you have an empty stomach and are sitting down.

Ready?

Mwah-ha-ha-ha. Let the torture begin.

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That is Professor Joy Reidenberg slipping around in that whale’s guts and cutting its eyeball apart for us to see. She is a comparative anatomist which is someone who studies and compares the structure or parts of different animals. In the video, she uses her knowledge of comparative anatomy to safely dissect and study this poor whale adding to our knowledge of whales. She is amazing.

“Sperm Whale” _Inside Nature’s Giants_ is another great BBC science program. It has also been broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the U.S. Look for it and the rest of the programs from the _Inside Nature’s Giants_ series featuring elephant, python, and giant squid.

A breach and wave of the flipper to Ed Yong who recommended the show @edyong209 on Twitter.

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Hard Core Hunters

These kids live in the jungle and hunt and eat Goliath Bird-eater Spiders. I hunted down a freezer pizza for dinner last night. How about you?

The video is from the episode “Jungles” from the BBC series Human Planet.

These kids are such hard core hunters to overcome the intimidating defenses that these spiders have to ward off predators like them.

The spider has giant fangs to bite with. The fangs contain venom, but it’s not lethal to humans. They would break the kids’ skin and hurt a lot.

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The spider also had prickly hairs all over its body that it would rub off in the direction of the kids. Those hairs would float onto the kids’ skin and sting them and make them itch. The narrator in the video also said the hairs could be inhaled. Yikes.

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Contrary to its name, the Wikipedia entry for this spider says that it prefers to eat insects rather than birds. Zoos feed the big ones hissing cockroaches!

If you want to learn more about big hairy spiders there is a web site just for you!

www.bighairyspiders.com