Julie, Louise and Ron are experienced volunteers who provide insight into why they devote their valuable time, knowledge and skills volunteering weekly on this project. Currently, we have over 60 committed volunteers who digitise valuable entomology specimens/labels, malacology specimens/ labels and a range of archival material, including the early Museum registers, fascinating field diaries and beautiful illustrations. The specimen labels and some of the handwritten archival material are transcibed into text by volunteer digitisers as well as the virtual volunteers on the online volunteer portal.
The highlights of the week were the commencement of a new stint of employment for Stephanie Baccarella and the arrival of two specimens of Spearfish Remora. The Spearfish Remora is a pale pink fish that uses its sucking disc to attach to the gills of marlin and spearfish. These specimens are the first for the collection and will definitely feature on the website soon. There is still so much to learn about Australian fishes! Thank you as always to all our contributors.
Despite having a few days off work with a cold, the week turned out to be very exciting on the web front. We added a great new video to the museum's YouTube channel, plus added some stunning new images. Thanks as always to everyone who contributed.
This week we feature a great movie clip of two Numbfish up close and personal. Alan Williams from CSIRO Hobart visited to work on lanternfishes. As usual there are plenty of new fish images. Thanks to all.
Among other great images, we have posted photos of the eyes of a Longhead Flathead and a Smalltooth Flounder. The images were not taken with fish eye lenses :).
Nearly all species of fishes have eyes, but some don't. We've provided some links to information on blind fishes plus one link to an Australian species that is blind-in-name-only.