Monthly Archives: October 2011

You won’t be able to row with this oar and it could spell disaster!

Some strange creatures arrive as donations to the East London Museum and a show stopper is this oarfish (illustrated below) which was received by colleague Greg Brett. So what’s the connection between this specimen and the earthquake that hit Japan … Continue reading

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Feeling hungry …. ?

Below is a pic of a Pine Emperor moth larva which was photographed at the Potter’s Pass Nature Reserve this past weekend. In other parts of South Africa a different species of the the same genus is known as ‘mopane … Continue reading

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Middens on the Wild Coast

The museum has been documenting a midden (refuse heap of marine shells) which  has a human burial presentation. Unfortuneately over the years the midden has deflated and the human remains have eroded out. This is one of the larger middens … Continue reading

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Rock Art with Victor Biggs

Mr Victor Biggs, a rock art expert (particularly with the works of the San in the Eastern Cape), kindly accepted an invitation by the East London Museum and Siyabulela Javu to visit sites in the Tsomo River area of the Eastern Cape … Continue reading

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Fossil hunting in the Karoo ….

Recently Dr. Billy de Klerk, palaeontologist at the Albany Museum (Grahamstown SA) and Kevin Cole of the East London Museum went to investigate a known fossil site near Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. The site was in the fossil … Continue reading

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Largest suburban predator in East London SA?

An unfortunate record – a large male Caracal Felis caracal was hit by a vehicle on a busy freeway between the suburbs of Beacon Bay and Gonubie. This solitary, territorial animal was possibly operating in the bush and riparian habitats … Continue reading

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