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Country Life article on the wreck of the Grosvenor by Liz McKenzie

The Story of the Wreck of the Grosvenor  November 10, 2017 In March 1782, The East Indiaman sailing ship, the Grosvenor, belonging to the British East India Company and captained by John Coxton, sailed from Madras, India, carrying both passengers and valuable … Continue reading

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Natal black snake records for East London (2017/2018)

On the 23rd January 2017 on a rainy evening (at approximately 20h42) a Natal black snake was noted crossing a grassed area at the home of museum scientist Kevin Cole in Beacon Bay. Sightings of these reptiles is not very … Continue reading

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Loggerhead turtle stranding at Kayser’s Beach (East London)

Sadly around last year this time Bayworld in Port Elizabeth was trying rehabilitate a sick adult male turtle called Toughey who succumbed to a liver disease. Yesterday a second  loggerhead turtle in just over a year was collected for research … Continue reading

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Partially fossilised shark tooth find

Mr Roy Clarke of East London kindly presented a shark tooth to the museum for identification. It was found along the Cefane beach (Chintsa Bay) recently. A close inspection of the specimen revealed that the tooth has started to fossilise … Continue reading

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Super blue blood moon tomorrow night

The full moon will be in perigee position (closest pass to the Earth) tomorrow evening (known as a supermoon) and being the second supermoon in a month (also called a blue moon) combined with a celestial lunar eclipse (blood moon) … Continue reading

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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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