Monthly Archives: June 2013

Butterfly poster for the Haga-Haga Museum

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Southern Rock Agama

A note of interest has been the observation of a Southern Rock Agama (Agama atra) living in a household environment in Beacon Bay, East London. These squat bodied lizards are covered in small, rough spiny or keeled scales. The teeth … Continue reading

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Greater Sheathbill sighting, Mazeppa Bay, Wild Coast

James Cary, Conservation Manager for the Wild Coast Project captured a record of a vagrant Greater Sheathbill (Chionis alba) at Mazeppa Bay. Museum ornithologist, Dr Phil Wittington commented as follows “They live on the tip of the South American mainland … Continue reading

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Bushbuck mortality, Kwelera River Mouth, East London

A routine coastal patrol by the museum along the coast between the Cefane River and the Nyara River revealed a male Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) carcass which had been partially buried. The fully mature male had probably drowned or died of … Continue reading

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Notes on the short-finned pilot whale stranding at Wavecrest

The scientific name of the short-finned pilot whale is Globicephala macrorhynchus, from the globe-shaped head (globicephala) and the large beak (macrorhynchus). Males can grow to a length of 7.2 m and females to 5.5 m, weighing up to 4 tons. … Continue reading

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Rare short-finned pilot whale stranding

Daily Dispatch article …. Beached whale baffles experts By MICHELLE SOLOMON on June 8, 2013 in News Scientists await test results for cause of death The stranding of a whale on the Wild Coast has left marine biologists puzzled over … Continue reading

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