Beyond Blathers

Beyond Blathers

The podcast where we dive deeper into the insects, fish, and fossils you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game! @beyondblathers on Instagram and Twitter, email: beyondblathers@gmail.com.

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August 7, 2022 40 min

This week we're bringing you part one of our two-parter on what may be the most maligned group of insects in the world: the wasps! In this episode we explain the basics of wasps and try to prove to you why they're actually extremely important and deserving of our respect. So make sure to give this one a listen!

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This week we're talking about fur seals! From seal evolution to the intricate hierarchies of their rookeries, we're diving deep into this marine mammal's world!

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July 24, 2022 31 min

This week we're talking about the beautiful jewel beetle! What causes its iridescent sheen? And how does it help them camouflage? Listen to find out!

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July 17, 2022 24 min

This week we're talking about the giant snakehead, a predatory fish from South East Asia with shiny teeth and the ability to breathe air! Listen to learn more about their taxonomy, diet, and why they're a concerning invasive species.

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July 10, 2022 32 min

This week we're so excited to share your stories! We asked our listeners to send in stories of their most amazing animal encounters, and we were not disappointed! Listen to hear about experiences with polar bears, bison, bats, and more! Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a story.

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July 3, 2022 47 min

For our 100th episode of Beyond Blathers (!!!!!!!!!!!!) we're talking about Blathers himself! Now, what kind of owl Blathers is exactly is up for debate, but we've decided to talk about the Eurasian Eagle Owl today, one of the biggest owls in the world. Listen to learn more about owl ears, ear tufts, pellets, and more!

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June 26, 2022 37 min

This week we're talking about the Ophthalmosaurus, as well as Ichthyosaurs more generally! We're so excited to dive into the history and discovery of these amazing prehistoric reptiles. Listen to learn more about how they evolved, how big they could get, and so much more!

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June 19, 2022 37 min

This week we're talking about the dab! No, not the arm movement, the flatfish! Listen to learn more about how flatfish evolved to be asymmetrical, how they swim along the ocean floor, and why they annoyed Charles Darwin back in the day.

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June 12, 2022 26 min

This week we're talking about the mole cricket, a hodge-podge of an insect that loves to hide underground and sing at night. Listen to learn more about their taxonomy, where they can be found, and how they produce their song.

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June 5, 2022 31 min

This week, in honour of the release of the Prehistoric Planet television series, we're talking about the Pachyrhinosaurus, a big, beautiful Northern dinosaur. Listen to learn more about the three species of Pachyrhinosaur, their Northern habitat, and how they're represented in the media.

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May 26, 2022 37 min

This week Olivia is giving you all the tips to catch bugs this summer! From what to look for in a butterfly net to the ins and outs of pond dipping, we've got you covered so you can live your best Animal Crossing life IRL. We hope this episode  inspires you to get out there and explore the bugs in your neighbourhood!

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May 12, 2022 48 min

This week we're talking about kelp forest ecosystems, why they're so important, and why they're threatened. From sea stars to sea otters to sea urchins, this story has a lot of interesting characters. Listen to learn more!

Check out the story on Haida Gwaii's kelp forests here.

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May 5, 2022 42 min

This week we're talking about the smallest (and arguably cutest???) marine mammal in existence: the sea otter! Listen to learn more about this incredibly furry, incredibly adorable critter, including how they hunt for food, how they raft together, and the conservation issues they face.

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April 28, 2022 36 min

This week we're talking about the sea star! Who knew these peaceful looking sea creatures can actually be pretty hardcore predators? With almost 2,000 different species, there's a lot to talk about!

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April 21, 2022 27 min

This week we're talking about the absolutely beautiful Madagascan Sunset Moth! From their striking colours to their pesky caterpillars, there's a lot to talk about!

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April 15, 2022 49 min

This week Olivia and Sofia are catching up and answering listener questions about everything from their respective masters projects to their favourite marine animals!

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March 31, 2022 25 min

This week we're talking about the megacerops, a prehistoric ungulate that, although it looks kind of like a rhino, is not actually an ancestor or close relative of contemporary rhinos! Listen to learn more about what exactly these creatures were, what they ate, and why they went extinct.

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March 24, 2022 37 min

This week we're finally diving into the whale shark!! This huge fish is a world record holder in a bunch of ways, but is still relatively mysterious. Listen to learn more!

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March 17, 2022 27 min

This week we're talking about the abalone, a marine snail with a coveted shell and apparently delicious taste! These sea creatures were harvested almost to the point of extinction off the coast of California, but scientists are trying to bring them back! Listen to learn more about these conservation efforts.

Big shout out to amazing science journalism by Rosanna Xia and Wudan Yan.

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March 11, 2022 21 min

This week we're raising a stink about the stinkbug! Why do they have their specific stench? And why are they considered a pest? Listen to learn more!

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