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Whale Shark in Botany Bay - April 2011

A friend just called me to say that she had heard that a Whale Shark was swimming in Botany Bay.  "No way" was my initial reaction. Apparently members of the Abyss Scuba Diving encountered the fish this morning and have posted images on their Facebook account.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 19 Apr 2011

Short notes from Transformations Conference

Here are my quick notes from this conference held in Melbourne on 14-15 April.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Apr 2011

This week in Fish: Lots of sharks and Fin Forensics

It has been a 'sharky week' with the addition of images showing a shark bite on a horse (really!), a Prickly Dogfish, and wounds inflicted on larger fishes by Cookiecutter Sharks.  Rebecca Johnson from our Genetics Unit deserves another cheer for her TV appearance on Catalyst.  Thank you as always to all contributors and to the increasing number of people who are adding comments.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 15 Apr 2011

Old Spirit House

Behind the doors of the old Spirit House.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Apr 2011

Linkasaurus #6

'Curated' for you: the latest museum, web and tech news from across the net

By: Michael Hugill, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Apr 2011

Asparagus fern on Lord Howe Island

The earliest known photo showing the noxious weed Asparagus fern growing on Lord Howe Island in 1923.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 14 Apr 2011

Our oldest display case

Next week we begin a project to conserve and re-interpret the heritage crocodile case and its contents on Level 2.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 14 Apr 2011

App ideas

Yesterday’s Jurassic Lounge was –yet again a great night out. You guys enjoyed the music, explored the exhibitions, got Birds-of-Paradise-face paintings... and... Gave us some great feedback!
If the museum would develop a Jurassic Lounge app.. What information would it contain? And what would it look like? Here’s what you had to say...
 

By: Ms Marloes Schepers, Category: At The Museum, Date: 13 Apr 2011

(Un)Still Life

Found: a young artist in the Birds of Paradise crowd.  

By: Michael Hugill, Category: At The Museum, Date: 13 Apr 2011

Fin forensics and the fish collection

The Australian Museum's Dr Rebecca Johnson appeared in the Catalyst Fin Forensics story on 7 April 2011. The show focused on the the practice of shark finning and highlighted how the museum's Genetics Unit were instrumental in a successful legal prosecution.  The Australian Museum's 'fishos' were also delighted to see some excellent footage of the Fish collection that appeared in the story.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Apr 2011