The words “slime” and “mold” conjure up some pretty gross visions. Combined, they’re even worse. But that doesn’t stop these bizarre living things from being incredibly fascinating. ZeFrank takes an up-close look at these nasty-looking organisms, which are surprisingly smart despite their lack of brains.
ZeFrank’s nature videos usually focus on a single species or kind of animal. But this time out, he’s got a mess of different critters, each of which deserves a special award for its unusual appearance, noises, or other behaviors. Along the way, he ruined both penguins and koalas for us.
The Holothuroidea, aka sea cucumber, is one of the many strange-looking creatures that dwell at the bottom of the ocean. ZeFrank explains the unusual way these spiny, slug-like things reproduce, develop, and thrive – along with just how diverse their species can be. Expect Frank’s usual mix of information and innuendo.
Cue the double entendres. Zefrank1 is here to teach us about our favorite dam-building rodent. These resourceful mammals are good at swimming, carrying things, and eating underwater. You might know about the beaver’s wood-chomping teeth, but we bet you didn’t know all the stuff that comes out of their butts.
Have you ever asked yourself why starfish are shaped like that? ZeFrank heads beneath the surface of the ocean to explain how echinoderms work, the wild way in which their skeletons are formed, how they move around, and how they eat. Nature can be so weird sometimes.
When it comes to strange-looking mammals, the proboscis monkey is right up there near the top of the list. Nature show host ZeFrank takes a few minutes to explain this primate’s big, floppy nose and what purpose it serves. Is it a big nose, big hose situation? Hit play, and find out.
We can think of few nastier pests than ticks. They spread disease, make you and your pets itch like mad, are difficult to remove, and are completely gross looking under a magnifying lens. Naturally, Zefrank thought they’d be a good subject for their tongue-in-cheek nature show. We’re itchy just from watching this.
With the help of footage from researchers, ZeFrank provides his lighthearted insights on the Odontomachus, a genus of ants with jaws that can open 180-degrees, then shut like a bear trap. In addition to grabbing prey, they can use their mandibles to eject unwanted intruders or extract themselves quickly from a threat.
Tardigrades may only measure about 0.5mm long, but these teensy water-dwelling critters are some of the toughest organisms known to humankind, having survived exposure to nuclear radiation and the vacuum of space. Zefrank provides an in-depth look at these strange, see-through dudes and what makes them tick.
ZeFrank takes a few minutes to explain the fascinating habits of Eciton army ants, from the massive community structures they build using their bodies, to their coordinated swarms, to their killer instincts and protein-rich dietary habits. You’ll also meet some unique insects that like to hitch rides on the ants.
Hummingbirds are most amazing creatures on the planet. Having to stay airborne for the vast majority of their lives, their tiny hearts thump up to 1260 beats per second as they buzz around sipping twice their body weight each day in nectar. ZeFrank offers up a few more interesting facts about these insect-sized birds.
Let’s face it, there’s no good way to pronounce the name of the animals featured in ZeFrank’s latest nature video. But the Japanese macaque is a unique and interesting primate nonetheless. Learn about the so-called “snow monkey,” its love for cold weather, hot springs, and why it has hair everywhere but its butt.
“Follow me, while we go inside behind the tiger.” While your average house cat might not be an expert predator, felines do have some pretty impressive skills when left in the wild. ZeFrank’s nature video explains how cats have evolved to be so good at hunting down their prey.
“He lives on the floor of the sea, not on the roof like a duck do.” If there’s one thing you can count on at the bottom of the ocean, its weird looking stuff. ZeFrank introduces us to a funky fish that scurries about with fins that resemble stubby little legs, munching on shellfish, and grumping about other fish that have the same name.
Okay, sea snails pose no threat to humans, but if you’re smaller than the Agaronia snail, you’d better watch your step. ZeFrank introduces us to these blind, sea-surfing gastropods who devour any living thing they can fit into their mouths – assuming they bump into it in the sand.
A month into sheltering in place, and like many of you, we’re starting to feel pretty antsy. Thankfully, ZeFrank’s video of animals talking about being stuck in isolation gave us some much needed laughs. Though we can no longer tell if its the cabin fever that made us break out into laughter when the shrimp started typing.
“Although the face of the giraffe can resemble a horse that’s been vacuum-sealed, it is not a horse.” ZeFrank spends a little time educating us on these goofy-looking mammals. With their stubby head bumps, prehensile tongues, and ridiculously long necks, and gangly legs, they’re a true evolutionary oddity.
Despite their name sounding like an adult movie house, the nudibranch is actually a creature that lives in the ocean. These strange and squishy gastropod molluscs start out in a shell, then bop around the sea floor without one in adulthood. The always informative Zefrank introduces us to a few of these odd little critters.
“Has your creativity ever not gotten along with somebody else’s creativity, and ended up in a silly slap fight about what font to use in a PowerPoint presentation?” If you’ve encountered conflicts like this, then you’ll want to take ZeFrank’s Human Test #5, which will help you confirm your belief that you’re a free-thinking, sentient being.
“Have you ever taken just the top half of an everything bagel with the misplaced confidence that in this world exists one person excited to find just the bottom half?..” ZeFrank digs into the human condition for office workers in this new episode of his Human Test series, which has spent nearly 7 years on hiatus.
“Just one of your eyeballs is bigger than your whole brain.” Zefrank has a thing or three to say about the lanky and awkward flightless bird, most of it unflattering. On the other hand, they’re faster than you, so they’ve got that going for them. They also have a way with the lady ostriches.
Everything we knew about mudskippers before today, we learned from The Ren and Stimpy Show. Now ZeFrank is here to set us straight on these unusual fishes that can live both in the water and out. If there’s any creature that shows how evolution works, it’s this funky little dude.
Nature show host Ze Frank takes on some of the most varied and strange looking bugs out there. These planthoppers like to hang around on leaves and branches, sometimes mimicking other insects, other times standing out like a sore thumb. Most of the incredible macro images featured are by Dr. Andreas Kay.