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Sperm Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and photos by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 A truly awesome beast, the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of all extant flesh-eating animals, the second deepest diving mammal, the scourge of squid, and the inspiration behind Moby-Dick. Its unusual name is derived from the fact that its head contains a waxy substance called …

Humpback Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and photos by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Between its knobbly head, its enormous flippers, and, of course, its noticeably humped back, the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is quite unmistakable. I fondly remember seeing an entire pod of humpbacks on a whale watching trip with my family off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, way …

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Smithsonian Insects by Safari Ltd.)

Review and photos by stargatedalek; edited by bmathison1972 Editor’s note: It gives me pleasure to post the first Blog review by longstanding forum member, stargatedalek. I have a confession to make; I had a sneaky suspicion this would be her first… :-). I actually intentionally have not reviewed it myself because I thought she’d be …

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and photos by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Of the 350 or so extant species of shark, none are more distinctive and immediately recognizable than a hammerhead. But there are in fact nine recognized species of hammerhead, ranging from the adorable little bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo) to the massive great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran). This review will …

Great White Shark (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The most famous, most popular, and most feared shark of them all is unquestionably the great white (Carcharodon carcharias). It has appeared in more films, documentaries, books, comics, cartoons, games, and toy lines than any other shark, and probably any other sea creature for that matter. Today …

Black Telescopic Goldfish (Eight Styles of Goldfish by Wing Mau)

Review and images by pipsxlch; edited by bmathison1972 Editor’s note: this is our FIRST review submitted by an STS member! Much thanks and congratulations to pipsxlch! Today I’m reviewing my model of a domestic goldfish, Carassius auratus, of the breed known commonly in the US as a black Moor; it is technically a black telescopic …

Grey Reef Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and photos by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 As its name suggests, the grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) make its home around coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific, where it preys upon fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. While not a very large shark, it is highly aggressive and will drive off other sharks from its territory. It …