Wild Britain and Brian Cox

I expect we all put off our Friday night plans to watch Wild Britain with Ray Mears. He’s a funny beast, Mears. He seems never to have grown out of that boyish make-a-den-in-the-woods phase. This is not a criticism. I think it’s part of his charm. His programmes are not sensational and neither is he. […]

Sting-stealing slugs

Last week I introduced the nudibranchs, a group of beautiful and surprising sea slugs. In this post, I’ll be talking about how nudibranchs steal weapons from their prey and use them to their own advantage. Nudibranchs like to eat Cnidaria. This group of simple but fascinating animals includes corals, sea anemones, jellyfish and others. Cnidaria […]

Pretty, sluggish

On land, “slug” means slow, slimy, green and fond of cabbage, but it doesn’t have to be that way. From today, “slug” should make you think of beauty, carnivorous appetites and the surprising ingenuity of evolution. My first Seabeast of the Week is the nudibranch, a type of sea slug. Thousands of nudibranch species are […]