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Raise your hand if you’ve never met a renowned marine biologist who enjoys mixed martial arts, glass blowing, and juggling barefoot in a fish store. OK, hands down — you’re about to. We’ll tell you how he met Penn Jillette, how he got healthy, and why he has an octopus on his head.

When Richard Ross decides to learn a new subject or skill, he dives into the deep end. A passion for juggling became a 15-year career as a performer. When he fell for glassblowing, Ross trained up so he could create his own glassware and sculptures. As a child, he tended home aquarium tanks with his father. When he rediscovered the hobby years later, it evolved into his current role as a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco where he tends to the Philippine coral reef display within a 212,000-gallon tank, the deepest in the world.

Until last year, Ross’s stick-to-itiveness fell short when it came to changing his diet and exercise so he could lose the weight he’d been putting on steadily for years. He chalked his weight gain up to a natural byproduct of aging. He tried a few diets, would lose the weight, and then swiftly gain it back. “I didn’t look well anymore. I looked generally unhealthy.” More »

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Biologist Rich Ross visits with cephalopod news & porn, & ways the government can arrest anyone.

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On April 6, 2014, I was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau and Matt Donnelly about all kinds of stuff including the Bobbit worm. The iTunes blurb – “Rich Ross tells us horror stories about cephalopods and Jay Frank tells us about the newest ways to monetize music.” I am in and out all over the episode because I was actually in studio for the taping and the Rich proper part starts around 1:06

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penn On Jan 5, 2014, Rich was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau and Matt Donnelly talking about the Oklahoma Octopus, falling into aquariums and more. The iTunes blurb – “Penn and Teller celebrate 13 years at the Rio. James Randi calls in and we talk cephalopod news with Rich Ross”

Listen and  subscribe to the podcast on itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/penns-sunday-school/id504257078 . If you don’t like itunes you can hear it here – https://soundcloud.com/ribbit-starr/an-oct-toe-puss-the-size-of-a  Click here for just my part of the show.

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On Feb 18, 2013, I was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau an the gang about the my work with Larger Pacific Striped Octopus, flying squid, giant squid, TONMO.com, and why the picture of me wearing a martial arts uniform while holding my daughter upside down is only number 22 on the list of 27 events that can ruin your childhood.

For the full episode https://soundcloud.com/ribbit-starr/blow-it-out-your-squid-funnel or subscribe to the podcast on itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/penns-sunday-school/id504257078 . Click here for just my part of the show.

 

 

pennOn Jan 20, 2013, I was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau an the gang about the upcoming Discovery Channel Giant Squid footage and apparently agreeing to do something kind of dumb but possibly oddly cool.

For the full episode https://soundcloud.com/ribbit-starr/who-is-more-libertarian-glenn or subscribe to the podcast on itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/penns-sunday-school/id504257078 . Click here for just the part of the show Rich was on.


On August 20, 2012, Rich Ross was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette, Michael Goudeau and Gilbert Gottfried about squid sex and coral sexual reproduction. Super fun.

Click here for just the part of the show Rich was on.  For the full episode http://soundcloud.com/ribbit-starr/penn-12-08-19-ss-squid-sperm or subscribe to the podcast on itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/penns-sunday-school/id504257078

PS – Regarding the split spawn and the close full moons, according to the Pittsburg Zoo, ” It is believed that this year there will be a split-spawn.  This means that the coral spawning will be potentially divided into two spawns due to the fact that there are two full moons in August because of a blue moon.  The blue moon is an extra full moon that occurs every few years due to the additional 11 days in the annual lunar cycle.”

On June 17, 2012, Rich Ross was on Penn’s Sunday School talking to Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau about how a 63 year old Korean lady got squid spermataphores embedded in her cheek, gums and tongue and the peer reviewed paper on the subject. Super fun.

Click here for just the part of the show Rich was on.  For the full episode http://soundcloud.com/ribbit-starr/18-penn-12-06-17-ss-episode-18 or subscribe to the podcast on itunes – http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/penns-sunday-school/id504257078