Monthly Archives: September 2016

Chatting about the museum dodo and the egg …. Buffalo City 360 magazine article

  The dodo may be extinct and yet … Who would have thought a dumpy now-extinct bird, the dodo would have inspired so much debate and continues to do so to this day. East London Museum scientist, Kevin Cole, muses … Continue reading

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A mushroom of note ….

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New museum exhibition – acknowledging the dedicated work of the Dominican Sisters

Rich lives of Dominican sisters celebrated By Barbara Hollands – September 7, 2016 A Fascinating exhibition complete with faux stained glass installations, nun puppets and mannequins wearing habits opened at the East London museum on Saturday. Dedicated to the rich history of … Continue reading

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Undocumented photo of the Orient shipwreck 1907

Museum conservator, Deon Smit, was cataloguing a very old photo album from Gately House today when he stumbled upon a sepia photograph of a shipwreck. The annotation on the back of the photo simply read ‘West Bank’. Using a hand … Continue reading

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Behavioural record – Leopard seal eating sand

The Leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx, which hauled out at Cove Rock on the 3rd August 2014 (see previous post) was observed eating sand before being assisted back into the ocean by museum scientist Kevin Cole. The collage of photos below … Continue reading

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Sub-Antarctic fur seal record from Bira, Eastern Cape

Mrs Lynne Arnett reported a young sub-Antarctic fur seal, Arctocepahlus tropicalis, which had come ashore along the Bira coast on Tuesday 30th August 2016. Unfortunately the animal died this past weekend. The last reported record for a sub-Antarctic seal along … Continue reading

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More trouble for whales …… octopus traps

IOL News Octopus traps a threat to False Bay whales  SCIENCE / 5 September 2016, 10:10am Helen Bamford Marine conservationists and tour operators believe experimental octopus traps in False Bay are partly to blame for the increase in whale entanglements. The octopus … Continue reading

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