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Deep Oceans - Dive in June 2012

Our newest exhibition, Deep Oceans, will be ready for the world to enjoy this June.

By: Ms Jen Cork, Category: At The Museum, Date: 14 Mar 2012

Deep Oceans - A word from prep…

For our Deep Oceans exhibition, Angus Adameitis and our prep team are building a full scale replica of Otis Barton and William Bebee's Bathysphere.

By: Angus Adameitis, Category: At The Museum, Date: 13 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Sawfish saw in action

"Sawfish seen in action" might sound more grammatically correct than "Sawfish saw in action", but if you click on the link below you'll see why I've given the blog post that name. Thank you as always to everyone who contributed images and comments during the week.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Mar 2012

Fashion Less Waste in the classroom

Have you thought about the classroom potential of Fashion Less Waste, the Museum's fashion design competition?

By: Jane Johnston, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 08 Mar 2012

Sawfish saw in action

This movie clip shows a sawfish feeding. Sawfishes can slash from side to side with the rostrum to stun, impale or even cut prey fishes in half.  The rostrum can also pin fishes to the substrate where they are ingested.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Mar 2012

Larval basslet movies

Fishes of the genus Liopropoma have have extremely long ornate second and third dorsal fin spines during their pelagic larval phase. This ornamentation is lost when the larvae metamophose during the transition between open water habitat and the reefs where Liopropoma species live as adults.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Fan-finned mullet

This week we posted images of a strange mullet with elongated fins.  This is not the first image of a strange 'fan-finned' mullet that has been sent to the museum.  We also show an image of a rarely reported dartfish from Sydney Harbour.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Mar 2012

Corals of Kosrae - The Island of the Sleeping Lady

Dr Zoe Richards has just returned from an expedition to Kosrae, Micronesia, where she was surveying coral biodiversity. In this post, she describes her scuba diving surveys beneath the Island of the Sleeping Lady.

By: Dr Zoe Richards, Category: Science, Date: 01 Mar 2012

Corals of Kosrae - The Lelu Ruins

Dr Zoe Richards has just returned from an expedition to Kosrae, Micronesia, where she was surveying coral biodiversity. In this post, she shares her experiences at the ancient and fascinating Lelu ruins.

By: Dr Zoe Richards, Category: Science, Date: 01 Mar 2012

Larval whalefish at Apo Island

It is exceedingly rare to see a juvenile whalefish (a tapetail) in shallow water.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Feb 2012