Barn Owl

Try to hold eye contact with the owl above. Feeling a little nervous? Me too. This animal has been called the demon owl, the ghost owl, the death owl, among other things. Not because they are dangerous, they aren't, they just look a little ghostly if you look at them for too long! Also, they sound completely terrifying - about 4 minutes and 40 seconds into the podcast, we play a clip of one shrieking... Be warned!

This animal is a sensory genius. They are masters at detecting everything while staying undetected. On this episode, Macken goes deep into the incredible science of how this animal can hear everything, without ever being heard; how this animal can see everything, without being seen. They are debatably the best listeners in the animal kingdom, and their entire face is like a radar dish. Find out all about them on this episode of species.