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Winged robbers …… flies of a different sort

A large fly recently settled on a wall in Beacon Bay (EL) and was identified as one of the species of robber flies found in the region. With a wingspan of close to 25 mm, this species, Alcimus tristrigatus, was … Continue reading

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In the field with palaeontologist Dr Rob Gess

Museum scientist, Kevin Cole, recently spent time with Grahamstown palaeontologist, Dr Rob Gess. A field outing to road cutting close to Grahamstown proved to be an amazing meander back in time to the Devonian period (about 368 million years ago). … Continue reading

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Beaked whale update …. identification of the True’s beaked whale from Winterstrand

The whale stranded last year (19th October 2016) has been positively identified as a True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) after the skull was macerated.  This was also confirmed after the teeth were surgically removed for identification by museum scientist Kevin … Continue reading

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Common Brown Water Snake biting off more than it can chew …

Jimmy and Janet Calder presented the museum with a ‘double specimen’ when they deposited a juvenile Common Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus) which had died attempting to consume a Tropical House Gecko on their property recently. The tail section of … Continue reading

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Media story on cetacean strandings

Busy year of whale, dolphin strandings By Barbara Hollands – January 16, 2017 Principal scientist at the East London Museum, Kevin Cole is the go-to person when dolphins and whales are found beached or stranded along the East London coastline – and … Continue reading

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Male loggerhead turtle rescued from Chintsa West

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Juvenile Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin predated on by a shark

On Wednesday 9th November 2016 the museum received a number of calls from the public that a dolphin had washed ashore at Nahoon Mouth (East London SA). The specimen was retrieved by the Aquarium and frozen for further analysis. Museum … Continue reading

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