Hey, turn off your lights at 8:30pm local time for #earthhour —you know, to help the Earth!
Know what you can eat during Earth Hour? Something on a stick—because today's National Something on a Stick Day! The one day everyone is encouraged to eat like a loggerhead shrike!
The loggerhead shrike is a small but mighty bird. Scientists think these songbirds came up with idea while they were smacking their prey on branches to make the kill. Lo and behold, some of them stuck, just like a spikey talon would—and so they invented the insect kabob. And besides, who doesn't like eating food on sticks or skewers or whatever you call 'em?
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Share with a pal you'd like to eat a meal on a stick with!
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Bored? Go to my Patreon and print my first coloring sheets! This one's all about salamanders.
It's kid-friendly and totally free!
Tag your beautiful work and I'll share it!

Follow the link in my bio for the free download 🤓👍 More to come 🎨🖍🤓 #coloring #amphibians #salamanders #axolotl #quarantining #kidsactivities #activitiesforkids #olm #zen #mudpuppy #giantchinesesalamander #endangeredspecies #underdonecomics #nature #comic #webcomic #science #biology #coloringpages #neotony #idontwannagrowup #socialdistancing #socialdistancingactivities
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March 24th is Manatee Appreciation Day!
Let's celebrate by taking a look back to 2012, when a Floridian decided to take a ride on a manatee—possibly because she wanted to appreciate them more than anybody else, maybe?
The story goes like this: after being photographed riding a sea cow, the woman turned herself into police, claiming that she was new to the area and didn't realize that riding manatees was illegal. At least she did the noble thing. I wonder if the ride was a lot less exciting than she was expecting it to be.
Manatees can move quickly in the water when they feel like it in order to escape danger. I guess the manatee in the comic didn't really feel threatened by this strange aquatic wannabe-rodeo rider.

If you knew you wouldn't get caught, what animal would you most want to ride?

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Sure, in some places it’s #worldpuppy day or #kittenday, but around these parts it’s World Meteorological Day! To celebrate, let’s take a look at the wonderful loach.

It must be very confusing for weather loaches that live in aquariums. They seem to get irritated and antsy when there's a change in barometric pressure. They always sense storms that never come. Do you think they annoy their tank mates, like the tiger barb in the comic?

How’s the weather in your area?

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I knew I forgot a frog comic for yesterday's World Frog Day.

The paradox frog (Pseudis paradoxa) lives in South America. They earned their name because the tadpoles actually "grow down" — the adults are about a quarter the size of the tadpoles! What's more, the tadpoles only feed on plants, while the adults eat the usual frog diet of invertebrates and tiny fish. So you've gotta wonder, if the plant-loving froglets ever interact with adults, how angsty they'd be!
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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
I was considering doing a comic about the Irish elk, which was one of the the biggest deer ever, but times are so strange, I decided to keep going with quotes by some of the great existentialists.
I feel like this is an especially useful one, since so many of us feel like that bullfrog, being squeezed by our schoolless children.

Do you/have you ever had any pets that are just completely annoyed by you? For me, it was the newts I had as a kid. They didn’t reciprocate much affection.

Hang in there!

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Feeling trapped? I know I am. I came across this quote by existentialist Simone De Beauvoir the other day and wondered what kind of animal would love to repeat it. The African grey parrot came to mind because it's so smart and such a popular pet and often kept in cages 😖.
The birdcage, in my mind, is one of the worst human inventions of all time. What could be more typically humanly arrogant than not allowing a bird to fly?

What are other terrible inventions we can think of (torture devices excluded)? I'll start: math homework!

Any philosophy majors out there? What are you doing with yourself? While not on virus lockdown, that is.

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I live in Seattle, which is pretty much the epicenter of the Coronavirus in the US. I kind of feel like the I’m the inflated blowfish after seeing people touch each other or not wash their hands in a public bathroom!

What’s it like where you live?
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Did you know that this species of blowfish, the long-spine porcupinefish, can nearly double its body size when it's attacked or upset? Not only does it turn into a nearly inedible spiky ball, it can also secrete poison from its spines.

Do any of you out there remember this comic from 2016? Were any of you alive back then? Are any of you that young?

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New in the shop! It's the Underground Nudist Naked Mole Rat merch!
Did you know that somehow these rodents pretty much lost their ability to regulate their body temperatures, just like cold-blooded reptiles and such? So very weird. And weird looking.

So why not have one on a shirt, mug, notebook, tote or something else? Link in bio!

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Happy World Wildlife Day! Let's get nude and celebrate the naked mole rat!
Scientists have tested and confirmed that these nudist colonists will eat their Queen Mom's poop for 2 reasons: 1— because they have to eat poo to help them digest the tubers they eat and 2— so they can tell whether or not her Magesty is preggo.
And yes, in case you didn't know, they have a queen. Their society is structured more like eusocial ants or bees than mammal colonies.
Is that wild enough for #worldwildlifeday ?

Have you ever been to a nudist camp? What was it like the first time? If you haven't, would you ever go?

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Alright, I'm declaring this March to be Naked Mole Rat Month. Have you read up on these things? If not, don't worry, because I've got some comics about them.
Basically everything about them is fascinating.

So celebrate these little underground nudists by buying something from the TeePublic shop while it's on sale!
More to come!

If you know any facts about these fleshy creatures please share in the comments and maybe I'll make a comic about it!

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Have you ever wanted to spend the day with a blanket wrapped around your lazy bones?
Meet the crab that does just that. An international team of scientists lead by the Smithsonian discovered 3 new species of the little-known blanket hermit crab. It turns out that when these crustaceans are young, a certain kind of sea anemone attaches itself to the crab's rear end and grows with it. In an amazing example of a snuggly symbiotic relationship, the crabs evolved special legs that raise and lower the anemone, so it can be just like a scared kid hiding in their blanket at night (I have a lot of experience with that).
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read more about 'em here:
https://goo.gl/Cga1C9

I once had a dream that I was attacked by a pack of dachshunds. What's your wurst (!) nightmare?

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The plecos are a wide variety of catfish that normally live in South American rivers and parts of Central America. You can commonly see them sucking on things in aquariums too.
One of the most interesting things about them is the bristlenose pleco's mating behavior. Males seduce females into crevices in rocks, to show off the clutches of eggs or fry that's currently in their care. But what if they don't have any kids yet? Well, that's what biologists believe is where those bristles come in.
What do you think? Will she believe him? I mean, I sport a beard to look like I have a healthy sea anemone colony sticking out of my face. I think I read that ladies like that in @gq Magazine or @maximmag ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ -----
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Alligator gars are among the largest and "oldest" fishes in North America. Their fossil record goes back 100 million years!
It takes a long time for alligator gars to reach sexual maturity (about 10 years for female and about half that time for males). 👉10 points for anybody who uses garrulous in a sentence (correctly). 💥👉Many more points if you become a patron or buy something on the shop. (link in bio). #valentinesday #valentine #gar #garfish #fish #fishing #river #freshwater #pun #punny #outdoors #nature #science #comic #webcomic #comics #cartoon #fishy #endangeredspecies #aquarium #garfield #love #relationshipgoals #greetingcards #bigfish
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Shouldn't the week before Valentine's Day be Pun Week?

Let me see your bug puns in the comments!

Don't tell me this is something you cANT do! Make your MOTHer proud.

New Zealand giraffe weevils have some crazy sexual dimorphism—males can be as long as 90 mm, and females are 50 mm—about half of each length is in the critter's snout!

Share this with someone you'd like whispering sweet nothings! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
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It's almost Valentine's day. Head over to my TeePublic shop and buy a reusable tote to help your original valentine—mother earth!
(Link in bio!) Plastic bags enter the ocean from all over the world. Many species of marine animals confuse it for food—eat it and are killed.

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Bettas, or Siamese fighting fish, are kept in small jars until they're sold at pet stores. Most people keep them in tiny bowls or the same cups they were bought in. They're naturally found in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and in the
Chao Phraya river in Thailand, where they're listed as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN. This, as you'd expect, is due to habitat loss and pollution.

When you see them being sold in pet stores in tiny cups, try to remember that these fish are curious and need room to hide and explore in order to be healthy. They're pretty smart too and are able to recognize their owners.

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Not only is today Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday, it’s also World Wetlands Day. Here’s a comic about 2 animals that use wetlands at opposite ends of their lifecycles.

Salmon and eels pretty much live opposite lives. Salmon hatch in lakes and their fry flow downstream in rivers into the ocean, where they live for a few years, then return to where they were born in order to spawn. The journey seems to be quite difficult.
The American Eel, on the other hand, is born at sea, makes its way to freshwater where it lives for a number of years. Once they're ready to spawn, they'll travel back to sea.

The lifecycle of eels had eluded scientists for thousands of years. It appears salmon do not know much about it either.

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Gray whales feed in an odd way. They stick their heads in the muck on the bottom of the sea floor and slurp, using their baleen to filter out mud and eat crustaceans that live on the bottom. They almost always do this while feeding on their right side, which can cause blindness in that eye as the whales get old.

Apparently orca whales find this feeding method disturbing. But they still enjoy dining on the baby grays.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

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Remember way back in December when I made a few comics about the mysterious beaked whales and called it #decembeakedwhale ? Well, I recently had an opportunity to talk about those enigmas of the deep on the latest @whaletalesorg podcast. Have a listen!

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This octopus is a weirdo, even for octopuses. It's got a swim bladder, sort of. Its arms aren't all the same length! It's been known to have MILLIONS of eggs, which hatch somewhere inside the momma's body. And it's shaped like a football (in a very non-football way). Since they're pelagic (live in the open ocean), the mothers have no place to stick their offspring, so they just wear the eggs until they hatch.

Ten points to whoever can tell me where the "dreamlets" reference comes from!

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This old comic throws it way back about 65 million years ago to the end of the Cretaceous period. 👉10 POINTS TO ANYBODY WHO CAN NAME ALL THE DINOSAURS IN THE COMIC👈

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I just found out about this beauty of a snake the other day, and immediately wanted to draw it—so here it is.
These gentle giants are dwindling in numbers, even though they (used to) help keep dangerous rattler numbers in check. Habitat loss due to human expansion and hunting are the main reasons for their demise.

If you're not satisfied with my crummy rendition and would like to see a photo of what one really looks like, check out @oriannesociety —they're working hard to save these serpents (and you can help them).
Also see the @gatorboys_chris account. He was recently able to photograph a young one.

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Time marches on like a quick breeze. With the new year comes a wonderful holiday — it’s January 7, aka, #NationalPassGasDay 💨

Humpbacks always blame it on the bubble nets. And why not? They swim in circles under a school of fish while blowing bubbles (out of their blowholes, not their butts) to force their prey upward. Then they gorge.

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As we continue to #sealoffthedecade — here's a classic meeting that I'm sure happens more often than not.

Bowhead whales are the longest living mammals—they can swim around the Arctic for more than 200 years! They're big filter feeders, measuring around 50-60 feet (15-18.5 m) long. So yeah, when they pee, I'm sure a lot of marine life wonder if there's a heatwave.

Have you ever been in an outdoor hot tub? Do you like them?

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Follow @underdonecomics as I #SealOffTheDecade with lots of seal-related comics!
Elephant seals, which are by far the largest pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses) spend more than half of the year in the ocean. They can dive up to 5,800 feet deep and hold their breath for up to 2 hours. They migrate thousands of miles and return twice a year to their colonies to molt or find a mate. During their time onshore, the enormous males constantly fight with one another over mates and space.

It's unknown whether or not the 2 species (norther and southern elephant seals) enjoy having satellite tags stuck on their backs.

Visit elephantseal.org to learn more about these behemoths and to hear their elegant song.

Tag a friend you'd take the tag off of (if they wanted it removed). #sealoffthedecade #elephantseal #seal #ocean #biology #science #marinelife #fight #friendshipgoals #friends #beach #vacation #california #fightclub #nature #comic #webcomic #comics #conservation #outdoors #pinnipedsofinstagram #pinniped #getitoffme #helpinghand #flippers
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Does your grandmother make a special holiday meal? Is it any good? Share in the comments!
The grandma orca in the comic apparently loves to serve up a festive ribbon seal.
More on them:
When raising pups, ribbon seals like to live on pack ice. Since they float along in the north Pacific, they have few land predators to worry about, so they've been known to leave their babies for extended periods of time while doing some deep dives.

Down in the ocean, however, it's a different story. These pinnipeds are hunted by big sharks and orcas. Speaking of orcas, don't you think it'd be a nice gift to have a smartly dressed ribbon seal from grandma for the Christmas meal?
Grandmothers are the leaders of orca pods, since they're the oldest, they remember where the best food is and pass that knowledge down to their kids.
Those are some diabolical ocean predators, I tell's ya!

Oh, and happy holidays!

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What was the most surprising gift you’ve ever gotten?

Think the polar bear considers that seal to be a Christmas present or more of a "One in a million chance" pain in the ass?

I hope you're breathing well this holiday seaso! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
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Could this be Randolph the Ultraviolet-Nosed Reindeer? No, because some polar creatures (like the arctic fox, seals, polar bears), reindeer can see light on that end of the spectrum.
Scientists think they've evolved this ability (rather quickly, too, reindeer have only been roaming the top of the world for about 10,000 years) so they can see things like white fur, urine and lichen, which absorb UV light, in high contrast against bright highly UV-reflective snow. Our eyeballs protect themselves from harmful UV rays by creating snow blindness.

And we also need to protect ourselves from noticing our own pee and poo that’s all over everything!

What's a disgusting thing that's happened to you? I'll share one in the comments if you do.

Oh and happy holidays!

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I wasn't exactly sure how to write the caption for this, because beaked whales are soooo weird. So I had my friend Ben, @a_fools_experiment & @lostworldofbayside, who's a paleontologist, specializing in whale natural history write it for me. Follow him if you're not already.
Here's what he has to say:

Imagine possessing a biological sonar that could see the skull in your friends head...
I can’t, because we are Apes... Our ancestors decided to climb out of the trees millions of years ago in the heartland of continental Africa. As apes, we have 5 basic senses: we can hear, see, taste, touch and feel. But IMAGINE if we had the equivalent of a biological sonar (more powerful than any known military sonar) that we could hunt with. You could see in absolute darkness… You could find your prey hidden completely in the sand… You could even see an unborn human fetus developing in the womb... This is not science fiction. This biological sonar (echolocation) is possessed by an incredibly successful group of animals; the toothed whales.

Whales are weird… undoubtedly the strangest of ALL whales are the beaked whales. Can you imagine holding your breath for over 2 hours, whilst diving more than a kilometer below the surface of the water, hunting in the pitch black? It’s a world we are yet to properly understand, but beaked whales not only make sense of this world; they thrive in it. (Continued in comments)

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Hakuna matata! The male strap-toothed beaked whale has warthog-like bottom teeth that grow out, up and back over the mouth the mouth. They'll eventually cross over each other, greatly limiting the ability to open the jaws. Since beaked whales are so elusive, nobody's seen how they feed—but slurping up squid seems to be the consensus (and plastic trash, of course). It's also a mystery about how how the males feed with their lockjaw. They most likely use their tusks for fighting.

Contrary to the comic, though, whales communicated by making squeaks and whistles through their noses, so I'm sure there actually IS a lot of mansplaining, lockjaw or not.

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Bottlenose whales are members of the beaked whale group. They can grow to 32feet (9.8m). What's amazing about them is that jelly-filled, watermelon-sized melon on the males' forehead. Females have some jelly in their heads too, but not as much as males. These bulbs are probably used for communication and echolocation.

If you're wondering about the part about the tummy:
Whenever I read news about plastic being in the chambers of the stomach of beached whales that I am reminded that whales evolved from hooved mammals. So their digestive systems are a lot like cows (hence the fluttering of stomachs). Don't forget to draw your own Beaked whales and use the hashtag #decembeakedwhale —we'll see where this goes!

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Beaked whales are hard to study because they're so rare. They seem to spend their lives in the open ocean, diving for hours. Since they don't have teeth (except for the males' "tusks"—but more on that in a sec), they slurp up their prey through their snouts, or "beaks." The male ginkgo-toothed beaked whale has two ginkgo-shaped teeth that just barely stick out of its lower jaw. From the handful of specimens that've been found, they're not as scratched up as other beaked whale males. So it's thought they DON'T use their ginkgo teeth for fighting each other as much as other whales. But who really knows, really?

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