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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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Adding another special Thorny Seahorse to the record ….

Mr Michael Vermaak kindly reminded the museum that he had submitted a photographic seahorse record for identification earlier in the year (January 2017). Reviewing the data this was noted and it had not been identified to the species level. SAIAB … Continue reading

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Thorny Seahorse found at the Orient Beach (East London)

Last Thursday (11 May 2017) it was reported to the museum that a seahorse had been found and released at the Orient Beach (East London). Shane Roach contacted the museum after listening to the radio programme called ‘Our World’ on … Continue reading

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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. ┬áThis 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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