Monthly Archives: August 2016

More about the Orient shipwreck (July 1907) ……

A recent newspaper article (Daily Dispatch 26th August 2016 – see below) referred to the visible remains of a shipwreck at the Orient Beach, East London. Pictures taken recently showed embedded steel protrusions at the site where the Orient was … Continue reading

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Notes on the Humpback whale stranding at Yellowsands, East London

The museum was notified by Siani Tinley (East London Aquarium) about a large whale north of the Kwelera River (opposite the Yellowsands Resort) on Monday evening the 22nd August 2016. A site visit was undertaken on Tuesday 23/8/2016. The whale … Continue reading

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Dismembered humpback whale calf found at Rainbow Valley

Sadly the dismembered carcass of a humpback whale calf was reported to the East London Museum on Friday 19th August 2016 by George and Claire Kockott of Rainbow Valley (north of the Gonubie River, East London). This record comes a few days … Continue reading

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Porcupines in the sea?

Callum Kretzmann of Gonubie is thanked for donating a 55 cm porcupine fish to the museum. The species identified as Diodon hystrix was found on the beach at Morgan’s Bay. Museum in awe as Selborne pupil finds rare porcupine fish … Continue reading

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A Filefish record from Bonza Bay, East London

A 7 cm filefish was found on the drift line at Bonza Bay recently by museum scientist Kevin Cole. The small specimen presented with a 1st dorsal spine erect and a body covered with small embedded scales that felt almost … Continue reading

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Humpback whales moving south past East London August 2016

There was a lot of Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) activity this past weekend along the coast north of East London – three groups of whales were observed moving south past East London and two calves were observed lobtailing and  adults were … Continue reading

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Blue duiker at the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

Of all the southern African Sub-region antelope, Blue duikers (Philantomba monticola)are smallest measuring about 30 cm in height and weighing around 4 kg (females are slightly larger at 4.6 kg). They are specialists in their habitat requirements confined in our … Continue reading

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