Meet Toxotes jaculatrix, also known as the banded archer fish. Jaculatrix sounds like it would be some kind of S&M thing but it isn’t, it means “thrower” or “caster,” (of darts) and the fish is named thus because it hunts its prey by shooting ‘darts’ of water out of its mouth.
The biggest (verified) dinosaur to have ever walked the earth is in the news and he has a real cool name, Dreadnoughtus.
The term dreadnought is nostalgic for me since the first time that word came into my ken as a kid, it was referring to a Star Trek ship like the Enterprise but with 3 warp nacelles instead of two. So cool.
In this case, Dreadnoughtus refers to a very special dinosaur discovered in 2005 in Argentina that’s been recently published about in the journal Scientific Reports. Its name means “Fears Nothing” and the researchers based it on the seeming imperviousness and intimidating nature of the revolutionary Dreadnought battleships from a century ago
The American Indians would use 100% of the buffalo they killed. Remember that “fact” from 3rd grade? Turns out it is wrong, there were plenty of remnants. So when Steve takes the raw footage (hence the buffalo) and decides which items will make the final cut the show (hence saving the useful parts, leaving the remnants) among the remains are some interesting news items. So instead of having them go to waste, why not use some of them as part a blog post series? Yes, conservation is a good thing!
The clear bubble is like a built-in scuba mask; the glowing green orbs are the barreleye’s eyes which point upward. The two spots above the mouth (that your brain is telling you are eyes) are nares, or the fishy olfactory nerves that are rather like nostrils.
While watching a television show about mining for gold, I learned that one of their many techniques for collecting gold is to wash the mats they work with using clean water, for it sometimes reveals fleck of gold among the sifted dirt. That’s a pretty good analogy for our cutting room floor each week. Here are some of the gold flecks we would have enjoyed covering in episode 475:
The Ocean Sunfish is my spirit animal. It hangs out in tropical waters, basking in the sun and snacking on the nutritionally poor jellyfish, requiring them to eat a lot.