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This week in Fish: Hagfishes - masters of defence

This week we show remarkable footage of hagfish using slime as a defence mechanism.  These fishes are also active hunters.  There are some great new images, plus the first sighting of 'the' undescribed anglerfish guarding its eggs.

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

Crocodile exposed

After a top effort by all, the restoration of our oldest display case (starring our reptilian friends) has finally been unveiled!

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Nov 2011

DigiVol: The Wonder of Insects

DigiVol (formerly Rapid Digitisation Project): Check out some amazing pics of cicadas, tree hoppers, and hawk moths taken by our volunteers.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 11 Nov 2011

For Arts Sake! – Visiting Bali #8

A Microcosm of the Ubud Market.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 10 Nov 2011

Amazing new hagfish behaviour

Hagfishes are incredible! They can stop a would-be predator within seconds with a mouthful of slime. Ichthyologists at the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) have just published a fascinating paper on hagfish behaviour in the journal Nature.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Nov 2011

Threadfin Seasnail swimming at 2400 m!

This impressive movie was taken at a depth of 2400 m.  The fish is a Threadfin Seasnail, Rhodichthys regina (family Liparidae).  Thank you to Dr David Stein for identifying the fish.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Nov 2011

Dr Smithers' collecting box

Scientists often need to be resourceful - sometimes with a hammer and saw!

By: Duncan Loxton, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 09 Nov 2011

National Recycling Week 2011: November 7 to 13

Join together to reduce, reuse and recycle! Take part in loads of events throughout the country and contribute to reducing waste in Australia.

By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 08 Nov 2011

Kava – ‘pacific’ gift to the world?

By enforcing a ban on kava, are we throwing out the baby with the bathwater? asks anthropologist Kirk Huffman.

By: Kirk Huffman, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 08 Nov 2011

Oceans: the litmus test

The oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we emit, but have they reached breaking point? asks ecologist Alan Jones.  

By: Dr Alan Jones, Category: Science, Date: 07 Nov 2011