Strange by Nature Podcast
Strange by Nature
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.
Mar 2 2021
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The Hoatzin has a Pretty Metal Hairdoo
This week, Kirk kicks things off with cows, farts, burps and global warming, Rachel then tells us about Bone-house wasps using dead ants for camouflage and finally Victoria presents her case for the Hoatzin being declared the weirdest bird on Earth. This episode was made possible by members of the Society of Strange. You can become a member and support the show at
Aug 3 2022
Please Don’t Eat the Tiny Baby Frogs
Victoria kicks things off this week with the tiny Pumpkin Toadlet, Kirk talks about the biggest lightning on Earth and Rachel shares her love/hate with Buckthorn.
Jul 27 2022
Photosynthetic Shawn the Sheep
This week, Rachel rolls on in with strange tales of Tumbleweeds, Victoria thaws out a very recent (and silky) wooly mammoth and Kirk introduces us to a super cute animal with the power to photosynthesize. So much goodness here! This episode was made possible though the support of our patrons over at patreon.com/strangebynature. Come join us!
Jul 20 2022
The Biggest Bacteria Ever
Kirk kicks things off by talking about new islands, Rachel takes us to the Dead Sea and Victoria brings us the tale of the largest bacteria in the world. We got a little aquatic this week.
Jul 13 2022
Corpses, Corpses, Corpses
More corpses than you would expect in one episode. Victoria starts things off with an assassin bug that camouflages itself with the corpses of its prey. Kirk brings more corpses to the table, or mountain as it were with a discussion of sky burials and vultures. Rachel rounds things out by talking about silk production, which, admittedly, ends with millions of tiny corpses. So, yeah. This episode happened.
Jul 6 2022
Bees are Legally Fish
We're on a fun journey this week. Rachel talks about the bone crushing abilities of bearded vultures, Victoria regales us with tales of Trash Pandas and other N. American creatures invading foreign lands and Kirk explains why, at least legally, Bees are Fish.
Jun 29 2022
The Largest Living Thing on Earth
This week, Kirk starts things off by telling us about the newly discovered largest organism in the world, Rachel finishes up pride month with a rainbow colored tree and Victoria dives into the briny sea to fetch us a handful of poisonous cone snails. This episode was made possible by our patrons over at patreon.com/strangebynature. Come join us!
Jun 22 2022
Rachel Doesn’t Have Crabs
More aquatic fun this week as Victoria kicks things off by talking about the famous Shackleton expedition. Kirk stays in the sea for a deep dive on bizarre boxer crabs that use anemone as pom-poms and finally Rachel brings us back to land with a primer on chameleons. As always, this week's show was made possible by our patrons. You can join at patreon.com/strangebynature
Jun 15 2022
Baby Shrunk My Brain
Rachel kicks things off by taking us to the ocean to meet the insanely colorful Mandarin Dragonet. Victoria talks about animals that can both shrink and grow their brains. Kirk cuts through the waves with the weirdness that is Storm Oil. We hope you enjoy eclectic topics! This week's show is made possible by the generous support of listeners who are members of the Society of Strange. Join us today over at patreon.com/strangebynature
Jun 8 2022
The Wandering Meatloaf
This week Kirk brings us the adorable pokemon of a mammal the Lowland Streaked Tenrec, Rachel tells us why the color Magenta doesn't really exist and Victoria talks about bizarre teeth of Chitons. You'll just have to listen to figure out where the episode title comes from! As usual, this week's episode was made possible by the support of members of The Society of Strange. You can join in the fun and support the show you love over at patreon.com/strangebynature
Jun 1 2022
Washing Scat in a Washing Machine (for science)
Victoria kicks things off this week with an overview of Extremophiles, Kirk talks about blueberry eating wolves and Rachel kicks off Pride week by talking about the colorful rainbow colored Peacock Mantis Shrimp.
May 25 2022
Dead Man’s Fingers
This week, Rachel kicks things off with the chilling story of dead man's fingers, Victoria explores the inner workings of a termite mound and Kirk takes us to the Burning Mountain in Australia.
May 18 2022
Did life on Earth come from Space?
This week, Kirk takes on the mustard plant you don't realize you eat all the time, Rachel tells the tail of how to ferret out a problem in a particle accelerator and Victoria explores the origins of life on Earth. Once again this week's episode is made possible by the awesome members of the Society of Strange. Producing a podcast isn't free and these fine folks help us pay the bills. If you're enjoying the show head on over to patreon.com/strangebynature to find out about the perks of joining and how you can keep us going strong.
May 11 2022
This Loaf of Bread will Make Your Limbs Fall Off
This week, Victoria brings us the horrific story of Ergotism that ranges all the way from limbs falling off bodies to LSD. Kirk tackles the question of the Biggest Earthquake in the World and Rachel unwraps the mystery of the disappearing Devils Kettle waterfall. This week's show was made possible by the generous support of the members of the Society of Strange! You can join the society and get perks at patreon.com/strangebynature.
May 4 2022
The Genital Arms Race
We almost called this one, I'm Going to Eat My Siblings when Rachel started off talking about Frilled Sharks. Victoria then upped the ante by making reference to The Genital Arms Race in her story about duck sex. We pretty much had to go with that right? Kirk rounds off this week's show with a story on feathered prehistoric animals. This episode was made possible by the generous support of our patrons a.k.a. The Society of Strange. You can support the show and join us at patreon.com/strangebynature
Apr 27 2022
Is That a Fish in your Urethra?
Kirk bring us the tale of the Candiru and horrifying stories of how they want to invade your body. Rachel talks about surprisingly sinking hippos and Victoria takes on Saturn's weirdest moon, Enceladus.
Apr 20 2022
Armpit licking venomous primates!
We're all over the place this week. Victoria swerves into outer space for a ride to the Rings of Saturn. Kirk takes us to the Racetrack Playa to unlock the 100-year-old mystery of the Sliding Stones and Rachel subverts our expectations by introducing us to armpit licking Venomous Primates. This episode was made possible because of our patrons who are members of the Society of Strange. You can join the fun and support the show at www.patreon.com/strangebynature
Apr 13 2022
Ants on Stilts
Rachel details bizarre research that gave ants stilts, Victoria talks about planet-wide magnetic field reversal and Kirk does a deep dive on Sea Monkeys. This one's got it all! This episode was made possible though the support of the Society of Strange members over at patreon.com/strangebynature. Thank you to all of our patrons!
Apr 6 2022
Moss Piglets in Space
Kirk finally brings us stories of Tardigrades, Rachel blows our minds with the explosive and poisonous Dynamite Tree and Victoria talks about giant spiders falling from the sky. This episode is made possible because of the generous support the members of the Society of Strange. You can join the society and support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/strangebynature
Mar 30 2022
Pleasure cruise at night though eel infested waters
This week, Victoria tracks down the mystery of where eels come from, Kirk bring us the tale of Australian Camels, and Rachel also heads down under for a story about Idiot fruit.