Large skin move, August 2004
During August 2004, five large skins were moved from the Yurong St collection Annexe to the tank area.
Large Skin Move - White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Photographer: Mark McGrouther © Australian Museum
Three of the fish are holotypes. These are the 3 m long White Shark (Carcharodon albimors AMS I.1723), the 2.9 m Black Marlin (Istiompax indica AMS I.2743) and the Manta Ray (Ceratoptera alfredi AMS I.1731).
Despite the relatively short distance of the move, the size and weight of the specimens presented interesting problems. The oldest of the specimens is the Manta Ray which was described in 1868.
Sue Valis, Conservator with the Materials Conservation Branch co-ordinated the move and designed the slings and other equipment needed to support the specimens. Covers are currently being made to protect the specimens.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology