Sperm Whales and Giant Squid – Varmints! – 38

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Sperm Whales (and Giant Squid)!

Join us for a whale of a tale on Varmints! while we talk about that most iconic of all whale species, sperm whales! And their nommable buddy, the giant squid.


Make sure you listen to our warning message at the beginning of this episode before you let your kids listen, unless you are eager to have uncomfortable conversations that have not taken place yet. There is a small section of this podcast that deals with “birds n’ bees” type stuff, so please listen first. The relevant section is from time stamp 09:28 to 10:25. End warning message.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy poster in watercolor and colored pencil by Donna Hume on the occasion of her 42nd birthday party of the same theme. Meaning of life and all that.

But first, the news!

Is someone trying to take your picture and you don’t want them to? Try the poo solution! Check out the article here courtesy of news.com.au.

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“No pictures! Darn paparazzi!”

Spermaceti, it’s not spaghetti! Or, what the heck is that stuff in sperm whale heads anyway? Well, thank goodness, Wikipedia has what you need to know right here. Make sure you browse the citation section of this page, there are a ton of great articles there to read.

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“Spermaceti, dudes. I have nothing more to say.”

Who is the smartest smartypants? Sperm whales speak in different dialects, so they don’t even need pants. They just have the smarty without the pants! Here’s a great article about the sperm whale and intelligence, courtesy of whalefacts.org, and another one about cultural behavior courtesy of nationalgeographic.com!

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Sounds of the sperm whale! 

Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

If you have a Wii or a Wii U, you can play Endless Ocean!

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Sounds fun to us!

Let’s pay a visit over to Cap’n Shmelly and the Sperm Whale! (Some mild swearing). Courtesy of Vimeo user Omens Studios.

“%^*()&^% took me leg!”

And finally, a nod to our elusive buddy, the giant squid! Here’s a neat article about them courtesy of mentalfloss.com!

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 Here is a nerdy Graphic Design typography piece featuring the poem about the Kraken by Tennyson Donna read on the episode.

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The artist is the wonderful Ross Shafer, and you can find his work at wechoosetogotothemoon.tumblr.com

Now you know a bit more about sperm whales and giant squid than you did this morning! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, volunteer your rugrat to say something on our podcast, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your fascinating email on the show.

Your feedback is always welcome!

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Music used:
“News Theme”
“Sneaky Adventure”
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”
“Magic Forest”
“Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)