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Conservation Biologist East London Museum South Africa

Humpback whale stranding, Kei Mouth (South Africa)

Yesterday museum scientist Kevin Cole went out to the small coastal town of Kei Mouth to sample a 12.3 m male humpback whale which had stranded during the night after being reported seen drifting live at 19h20 on Saturday 30th … Continue reading

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An interesting news snippet about a possible new species of killer whale

The following article was sourced from CBC News and published two days ago. Quite amazing that in this day and age a new species of killer whale may be confirmed!! Scientists may have discovered a new killer whale Social Sharing … Continue reading

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Atalaia shipwreck (1647) potsherd found at Cefane River, East London

Young Cole Hubbard’s find was written up in the Daily Dispatch newspaper by Madeleine Chaput.

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Amalinda Nature Reserve -a tarnished biodiversity jewel of East London

Many years ago the museum tried to negotiate the use of the Amalinda Nature Reserve for outsourced environmental education initiatives realising that the relevant authorities were not committed to the long term management of a proclaimed open space. The reserve … Continue reading

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Ichnological (trace fossil) studies along the coast

The worlds oldest human trace fossil track way (modern humans) was discovered in 1964 at Nahoon Point, East London. The Nahoon Point Nature Reserve was partly established to protect these and other archaeological sites in the area. The human fossil … Continue reading

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Striped dolphin stranding at Nahoon Beach, East London

A very unusual striped dolphin (Stenella ¬†coeruleoalba) washed out at Nahoon Beach on Tuesday 29 January 2019. This species is normally found way offshore in deeper tropical and temperate waters. They have been spotted up the Wild Coast mixing with … Continue reading

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Neonate Long-beaked common dolphin stranded at Chintsa Bay

Sadly a 99 cm female neonate long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis) was found on the beach at Chintsa by Jonathan and Mabel Cox. They kindly transported the specimen to the museum on Sunday 13th January 2019 (on the day it … Continue reading

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