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Tokoeka are the largest of the kiwi, with males weighing up to 3.3 kg and females up to 4.2 kg. They have soft, brown feathers streaked with black and reddish brown, long pale bills, short legs and toes, and no tail. They are nocturnal, except on Stewart Island where they sometimes forage during the day. They have a keen sense of smell and use their bills to probe the ground for invertebrates, such as worms, beetles, cicadas and moths. They also eat some fallen fruit and leaves.

Tokoeka have distinctive calls that they use to communicate with their mates and to mark their territories. The male gives a high-pitched ascending whistle repeated 15-25 times, while the female gives a lower-pitched hoarse cry repeated 10-20 times.

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Shark Conservation with Dr. Raj Sekhar Aich

Dr. Raj Sekhar Aich, a transdisciplinary human-shark researcher and artist, shares his insights and experiences regarding shark conservation, human-shark conflict, and multispecies ethnography. Discover the pioneering work of Raj as he discusses the establishment of the Transdisciplinary Human Shark Lab in Kolkata, India, and his tireless efforts to promote a holistic approach to shark research worldwide. From the Sundarbans to the shores of New Zealand, Raj research delves into the depths of human perception, advocating for interdisciplinary collaboration and cultural sensitivity in conservation efforts.

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Penguins are a fascinating group of birds known for their cute waddling walk and distinctive black-and-white feathers. These remarkable birds are not just found in icy Antarctica; they also inhabit places like South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Penguins belong to a family of flightless birds called Spheniscidae. These charming creatures are built for life in the water, with their wings adapted into flippers for efficient swimming. Penguins are expert divers and can spend a significant amount of time hunting for their favorite meals, such as fish and krill.

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