Latest blog entries

This week in Fish: A lost Mozambique Seabream

It has been a big week.  Highlights include the receipt of a Mozambique Seabream that was caught in a surprising location and a fact sheet about an unusual habitat for small fishes - sea slugs.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Feb 2011

Dream weaver: a new collection of Maori Kete

Dream weavers: a new collection of contemporary Maori kete (baskets) acquired by the Australian Museum.  

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Up Close and Spineless – The photographers.

Here’s what past entrants had to say in 2009 about Up Close and Spineless. It’s consistent growth since 2002 highlights a real interest in getting up close with invertebrates.

By: Rubén Reyes, Category: At The Museum, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Find out what past entrants of our Up Close and Spineless Photography Competition think of it?

In March 2009 we surveyed past entrants of the Museum’s annual photography competition Up Close and Spineless. The competition, which focuses on invertebrates and was launched in 2002 with 158 entries, has grown in popularity to attract over 500 entries in 2008. The survey was conducted to inform the future direction of the competition and investigate other photographic exhibition possibilities for the Museum.

By: Rubén Reyes, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Museum Mystery Number one solved!

Museum Mystery number one is solved!

By: Ella Minton, Category: At The Museum, Date: 15 Feb 2011

Where do spiders go during flooding?

It not just humans that have had to face challenges from the recent flooding in Eastern Australia. An enquirer near Grafton has sent some interesting photos showing how the regions spiders have handled the rising water levels.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 14 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Small fishes and shark ageing

This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research.  We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it.  We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the Fish Section to further his research on lizardfishes.

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

New scans of Percy Money PNG photos

With the help of our wonderful volunteers Sue Myatt and Nan Goodsell, we have just posted some new scans of the beautiful images taken by missionary Percy Money in Collingwood Bay, PNG in the early 1900s.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Uhi ta moko: Art and practice of Maori tattooing

As the art and practice of ta moko developed in Aotearoa - New Zealand, Maori pioneered the use of smaller, narrower uhi without teeth that cut grooves through the skin.

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Dangerous, deadly and just plain mean!

Ever wondered about how safe Australia’s wildlife is … and how to avoid it? The Australian Museum’s newest mobile app provides information about different types of dangerous / potentially dangerous animals that inhabit Australia, where to find them and what to do when confronted by one.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011