Author Archives: Heidi Kay Smith

Meet the Giant Oarfish

Warning: you might want to quit your job immediately to go out and find a giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne).

This fish is beyond huge and crazy looking. Also, these guys are thought to predict earthquakes. Please sit down in case you faint from this dose of amazing.

Video Credit: Mark C. Benfield

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Meet the Marsupial Lion

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Thylacoleo carnifex was a marsupial lion with weird teeth that was tearing up Australia from the late Pliocene to the late Pleistocene.

Here is a rendering of a cave drawing which is probably the worst cave drawing of all time:

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This is so bad that initially I assumed it was a cave drawing BY a marsupial lion.

Anyway, check out this National Geographic video to learn more:

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Meet the Venezuelan Pebble Toad

Venezuela-pebble-toadJust like a telenovela this little toad brings the drama for days. The Venezuelan pebble toad (Oreophyrnella nigra) hangs out in the tepuis of the Guiana highlands. These toads use their cryptic skin appearance among the rocks to avoid predators and if that doesn’t work they call roll up and make like a bouncy ball down the rocks. See you later predators.

ARKive video - Venezuela pebble toad defence mechanism - rolls in ball and bounces down rock face

Check out this video with herpetologist, Bruce Means talking about pebble toad DNA, sharing his discovery excitement (plus you can see some tepuis).

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Meet the Whale Shark

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is hands-down one of my favorite creatures (I have a pair of whale shark shoes!!) and this slow-moving filter feeder is nothing short of glorious. Words cannot do justice to the simple beauty of this fish. Please take the time to watch this incredible video.


Video from BBC’s Planet Earth

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Trick or Treat: Meet the Aye-Aye

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The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is the very definition of narsty. A nocturnal solitary lemur so weird that it is not only the sole living species in its genus, but also the only member of its family. They lead a solitary existence and try to avoid mirrors, because when you’re this ugly you don’t need a reminder.

Beyond their homely looks, these guys have rodent teeth and the creepy-best middle fingers ever.

Watch this National Geographic video to see them in action:

If you want to learn more check out the Duke Lemur Center website, but do yourself a favor and plan to visit this place to see the aye-aye and other lemurs.

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.