Tasmania

An egg-laying, spiny mammal with a four-headed penis is already pretty bizarre, but it turns out short-beaked echidnas are even stranger than we thought. Weighing up to nine pounds (four kilograms) and resembling a big hedgehog, the short-beaked echidna is one of only three species of monotremes—or egg-laying mammals—left in the world, along with the platypus...

A regular day at the beach led to a surprising scientific discovery for one family in Australia last month—local resident Richard Lim and his family spotted a shockingly large jellyfish at a beach in Howden, a small town in Tasmania. The family did what anyone would do—take photos, of course—but they also shared the images...

Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll. Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the Australian island (map) where the disease has struck, it has killed more than 95 percent of the...

Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll. Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the Australian island (map) where the disease has struck, it has killed more than 95 percent of the...