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Furry little Otomys visitor

Untamed indigenous gardens have some special benefits as was revealed at a home in Beacon Bay on the 1st December 2017. An adult vlei rat, Otomys irroratus, followed a clearly marked run from its saucer-shaped nest to an open feeding … Continue reading

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A ‘lynx’ that can cling to a wall …. .

A week ago a strange looking spider was observed maneuvering up a wall at home in Beacon Bay, East London. It was small in size with large spiny bristles on the legs. It responded quite quickly to human movement and … Continue reading

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Bronze plaque from the Grosvenor (1782) shipwreck site

Mr Philip Vorster from Mboyti along the Wild Coast kindly donated a bronze plaque which reflects the history of the first steam engine to be used during a salvage attempt of the Grosvenor in 1887. The steam engine was manufactured by Robey … Continue reading

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Nahoon Beach – storm surge event

Nature is proving the hypothesis that increased annual storm surges will be experienced along the South African coastline in years to come. The museum has recorded events over the past two decades and it has been noted that apart from … Continue reading

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There is a dwarf in the tree ….

A few nights back an Eastern Cape Dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion ventrale) was spotted in an acacia tree in Beacon Bay, East London. Many years ago this species were quite common but they haven’t been seen regularly in recent times. The … Continue reading

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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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