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Controlled fire burn at the Beaconhurst School Nature Reserve today

Fires form part of a natural grassland ecosystem  and in areas which are protected such as the Beaconhurst School NR controlled burns are necessary to allow the rejuvenation of the grasses and the biome in general. Museum scientist Kevin Cole … Continue reading

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Risso’s dolphin stranding at Queensbury Bay, East London

Mr Alan Harris of Glen Stewart contacted the museum about a cetacean stranding on the rocks at Queensbury Bay. The animal was identified by museum scientist Kevin Cole as a Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)- the largest dolphin not to be … Continue reading

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The eagle and the monkey, Chintsa Bay

Local coastal resident Doug Kunhardt was on his property earlier this month when a Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) caught his attention. A closer inspection revealed that the eagle had killed a vervet monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus). Is is not uncommon for … Continue reading

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Strandloper Hiking Trail – 21st Birthday!

In 1996 the Strandloper Ecotourism Board (SETB) was registered as a non-profit organisation to develop and manage the Strandloper Hiking Trail.  It was also established to develop ecotourism initiatives along the coastal areas between Kei Mouth and Gonubie. The trail … Continue reading

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The wasp and the spider, Baysville

The strength and resilience of some of nature’s smaller creatures is well documented in a photographic and video record submitted by Johan Koekemoer of East London. Last year he witnessed a wasp carrying a paralysed spider for 14 meters to … Continue reading

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Recent Subantarctic fur seal stranding at Haga-Haga

A number of vagrant Subantarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis) records have been noted during the past decade. The first was an adult male of the species (which has a conspicuous tuft of raised hair on the crown) which hauled out … Continue reading

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Fin whale at Cove Rock – one year later

Today marks the 1st anniversary of the death of the female Fin whale which stranded at Cove Rock. It was a very sad moment to walk onto the beach last year this time and see a majestic creature such as … Continue reading

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