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This week in Fish: Shark beaching and Cobbler Wobbegong

Most of us have never seen a shark beach itself in an attempt to catch its prey?  Amanda was lucky enough to watch this happen and included a short video in her final 'Lizard Fish' blog post.  We link to some great footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and images.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Feb 2012

Calling on Tongan Traditions: Decline in Natural Resources

Lady Tunakaimanu Feilakepa is renowned and greatly respected for her traditional cultural knowledge in Tonga and across the Pacific. Here she discusses Tongan mats, a decline in natural materials and the value of viewing such a collection.

By: Laura Williams, Category: Science, Date: 10 Feb 2012

Calling on Tongan Traditions: Handicrafts

Lady Tunakaimanu Feilakepa is renowned and greatly respected for her traditional cultural knowledge in Tonga and across the Pacific. Here she shares her knowledge on a variety of pandanus handicrafts.

By: Laura Williams, Category: Science, Date: 10 Feb 2012

Calling on Tongan Traditions: Ngatu

Lady Tunakaimanu Feilakepa is renowned and greatly respected for her traditional cultural knowledge in Tonga and across the Pacific. Here she kindly shares her knowledge on the creation and use of tapa cloth.

By: Laura Williams, Category: Science, Date: 09 Feb 2012

The Power of X-rays

Colleagues at the Smithsonian have just added a fantastic new online exhibition to their website.  Called 'What You See When You Turn a Fish Inside Out' gives users the chance to strip away the exterior of a fish and take an x-ray peek at its insides. Great stuff!

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

Southern Garfish, Hyporhamphus melanochir

I was recently emailed about his footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.  The videographer reported that the garfish "were breaking off strands of eelgrass and apparently stripping small invertebrates off the grass as well."

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

This week in Fish: First specimen of Denise's Pygmy Seahorse

It was a week of images, punctuated by another of Amanda's blog posts from Lizard Island.  Ed Roberts kindly supplied an image of the first Denise's Pygmy Seahorse known from Australian waters.  The larval Barred Soapfish image is spectacular and John Harris' images of Cox's Gudgeon climbing Penrith Weir are pretty impressive.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

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

Liquid gold: save urine, save the planet?

Ancient cultures, from Greece to Asia, have used urine as a fertiliser to provide nutrients to their crops. Is recycling our urine a radical solution to global food security and saving our waterways?

By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 01 Feb 2012

Caring for Alfred North's original pictorial material

Archives volunteer, Ada Klinkhamer writes of her experience rehousing and documenting photographs and illustrations prepared for use in publications by Australian Museum ornithologist, Alfred John North.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 Feb 2012

Point and shoot #3 - Understanding People

Museum photographers Carl Bento and James King on the power and practice of photography. This week, it's 'understanding people'...

By: Michael Hugill, Category: At The Museum, Date: 30 Jan 2012