The Cultural Collections team here at the museum looks after both ethnographical and archaeological material from cultures all over the world. Our Indigenous Australian collection holds approximately 40,000 ethnographic objects and one million archaeological artefacts representing the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Pacific collections we look after comprises roughly 60.000 cultural objects.
Most Acropora species at Lizard Island spawned on the night of 25 November this year, the third night after the full moon. On the following night, many goniasterid and favid corals spawned, and on the night after that it was the turn of Porites corals.
When a natural disaster strikes children, little children under the age of five are most at risk. Children in developing countries and those at war already have a difficult time and when a natural disaster occurs it just adds to their problems.
This week we feature an historic image of the first marlin caught on hook and line. We show an amusing photo of staff moving polydrums. Of course there are plenty of images of fishes, both from the collection and underwater. Thanks to all.
Most people would know that we are overfishing our oceans and how this is having a huge affect on the oceans and the wildlife that live there. When you buy your seafood do you have the knowledge to make informed choices?
This week, we feature images of a cod swimming more than 1 km below the surface. From one extreme to the other, we have added images of juvenile Common Galaxias schooling in a shallow pool. Other additions include common fishes from coastal waters of south-eastern Australia. Thank you as always to all our contributors!
This week we feature 3 triggerfish movies. Two new blog posts tell us more about the lives of larval fishes and the incredible amalgamation of thee fish families into one. As usual we have posted plenty of new images and combined images of anemonefishes into a gallery.