A Whale’s Afterlife

A story about “whale falls”, the marine biologist term for when a dead whale carcass falls to the seabed and becomes the basis for a rich ecosystem of life, some elements of which have only been observed in such circumstances.

Climbing the World’s Biggest Tree

The iconic sequoia tree grows to immense heights, has a massive circumference, lives for many centuries, and will often have no branches for up to half of the trunk’s length – making them a daunting prospect for a would-be climber.

Ruffled Feathers

The story of the conservation efforts dedicated to preserving the majestic whooping crane, and the unlawful killing of two of their flock.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships

The remarkable story of the shipworm, a wood eating mollusk that has plagued mariners for hundreds of years, and has had a resurgence due to a variety of factors including the large quantities of debris washed out to sea by the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Wild Thing

A history of our domestication of animals, and the genetic impact this has on the animals in question, and their human keepers.