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  • Profile of John Melville-Jones delivering his lecture

    11 Nov 2010

    The House of the Coloured Capitals, Pompeii: Investigation by an Australian team

    W/Prof John Melville-Jones

    Winthrop Professor emeritus, Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia.

    Join John Melville-Jones as he presents this story of Australian archaeologists at work in Pompeii, and the fascinating evidence of daily life uncovered.

    This lecture was recorded on 18 June 2010 at State Library Theatre, State Library of Western Australia.

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  • 10 Nov 2010

    Western Australian Museum welcomes Dutch shipwreck collection

    The Western Australian Museum is to receive a significant collection of artefacts recovered from four Dutch shipwrecks found off the Western Australian coast.

    Until now the collections of the Zuytdorp (1712), Batavia (1629), Vergulde Draeck (1656) and the Zeewyk (1727) have been shared between the Netherlands and the Commonwealth Government as agreed under the Australian and Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks (ANCODS) established in 1972.

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  • A large crab with very long stalked eyes

    5 Nov 2010

    Creature Feature: long-eyed swimmer crab

    Podophthalmus vigil (Fabricius, 1798), the long-eyed swimmer crab.

    There are approximately 100 species of swimming or paddle crabs in Australian waters, the most familiar being the tasty blue swimmer and mud crabs. The remarkable long-eyed swimmer crab is easily identified by its enormously long eye stalks – a feature not seen in any other species of Australian swimming crab. The long-eyed swimmer crab is found in shallow sandy or muddy areas in tropical regions of the Indo-Pacific, having been found from the Red Sea, South Africa to Japan and Hawaii.

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  • Picture of an award won by the WA Museum - Geraldton at the WA Tourism Awards

    4 Nov 2010

    WA Museum – Geraldton 2010 WA Tourism Award finalists

    The Western Australian Museum Geraldton is a finalist in the Tourist Attractions category of the 2010 WA Tourism Awards which were announced at events in Perth and Margaret River last week.

    The Tourist Attractions category is open to attractions of State importance which market primarily to intrastate and interstate visitors and significantly contribute to the tourism experience within their area.

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  • An Octopus swimming in a plastic bag

    29 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 10

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The twelfth video in this series documents the tenth day of the research expedition. This video features Clay Bryce talking about a beautiful octopus and reflecting on what was a successful expedition into the remote waters of the Kimberley.

    This video is the last in the "live action" series of films taken from this expedition.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A scientists sorting through a tray of corals

    28 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 9

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The eleventh video in this series documents the ninth day of the research expedition. This video showcases 90 corals collected by Dr Zoe Richards during four replicate 15m belt transects.

    This video is the second last in the "live action" series of films taken from this expedition.

    Further videos after this research trip will be produced once the scientists return back to their home museums.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Desert Fireball Networking - fence line at sunset

    27 Oct 2010

    Desert Fireball Networking…

    In September 2010 scientists from around the world headed out to the Nullarbor in search of meteorites. This was no ordinary meteorite search, but part of the ongoing cooperative of the “Desert Fireball Network” that utilises a number of cameras spread across the Nullarbor to record meteorite fireballs as they fall to Earth.

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  • A speedboat heading towards an island

    27 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 8

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The tenth video in this series documents the eighth day of the research expedition. In this video explore Long Reef as the team complete a reef walk.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A large crab resting on a man's hand

    26 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 7

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The ninth video in this series documents the seventh day of the research expedition. In this video Andrew Hosie talks about a unique barnacle which has invaded a blue swimmer crab and is living off the crab's blood supply.

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    Danny Murphy

  • 25 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 6 Part 2

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The eighth video in this series documents the sixth day of the research expedition. In this video Skip talks about a rare and unique one metre worm retrieved from a reef walk at Long Reef.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A scientists working onboard a deck

    25 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 6 Part 1

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The seventh video in this series documents the sixth day of the research expedition. In this video Dr Zoe Richards talks about documenting the reef and the coral biodiversity. Corals are the structural frame builders of the reef.

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  • A handful of heavily camouflaged crabs

    23 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 5

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The sixth video in this series documents the fifth day of the research expedition. In this video Andrew Hosie talks about a cleverly camouflaged crab and the adaptations it has made for reef living. Also, John Huisman speaks about the plants and algae of the reef, including some plants that are actually just enormous single cells.

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    Danny Murphy

  • 22 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 4

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The fifth video in this series documents the fourth day of the expedition. This video features Clay Bryce talking about some very unusual molluscs that could be mistaken for rocks and he goes into detail to describe their stunning morphology. Also, Lexie Walker talks about marine worms and their unique habitats.

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    Danny Murphy

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 3

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The fourth video in this series documents the third day of the trip. This video features Sue Morrison, who talks about a very beautiful and unusual shark from the tropical waters of the Kimberley. Also Merrick Ekins speaks about the diversity of Marine Invertebrates.

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    Danny Murphy

  • 20 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 2 Part 2

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The third video in this series documents the second day of the trip, interviewing Monika Schlacher from the Queensland Museum who talks about soft corals - including what could be the discovery of several new species found on this trip. Alison Sampey from the WA Museum talks about animals from the Phylum Echinodermata.

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    Danny Murphy

  • Video Day 2 Part 1

    20 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 2 Part 1

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    The second video in this series documents the second day of the trip, interviewing Corey Whisson who talks about molluscs and corals, and also interviewing Glen Moore who talks about a very unusual and small sea goby.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A large earth-borer beetle

    19 Oct 2010

    Tales of Horny Beetles, Truffles and Gigantic Eggs

    Dr Terry Houston Curator of Insects, Terrestrial Zoology

    Providing food for other animals, recycling dead organic material, controlling plant growth and pollinating flowers are all in a day’s work for the diverse insect world.

    Fungi also have important ecological roles but often need the assistance of insects to get them where they need to go. Join Dr Terry Houston as he outlines his studies of the truffle-eating ‘earth-borer’ beetles and their surprising biology.

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    Danny Murphy

  • A diver examining a coral formation on a reef

    19 Oct 2010

    WA Museum links web audience to remote Kimberley field work

    From today, the Western Australian Museum’s world-wide online audience will be able to follow the discoveries of its scientists and their colleagues as they work in remote locations such as the Kimberley.

    The first footage from a new research project along the Kimberley coast is about to go up on the WA Museum’s website this morning.

    The technology also enables ‘in the field’ documentaries to be created about the new research in a matter of hours after any significant research findings.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the project would bring little known aspects of scientific fieldwork within reach of anyone with a computer.

    “The remote field streaming project involves a satellite dish being set up on Cassin Island off the Kimberley coast which will beam back footage to the website,” Mr Coles said.

    “A team of scientists from a number of Australian museums are now in this remote part of the State to begin the next stage of an ongoing partnership with Woodside Energy that has been documenting the region’s marine biodiversity for some years now.

    “Normally this sort of fieldwork is inaccessible to the public and we have to wait until the scientists return to tell people about their findings.”

    A team member will film the work on the boats and, once a day, returning to Cassin Island to upload it to the web through the satellite link.

    The Woodside Four project will continue until October 28 and the daily updates will document its progress.

    “This means the public will be able to see the team at work on the research vessel and see what they are finding, including new discoveries.” Mr Coles said.

    The WA Museum is leading a team that includes scientists from the Queensland Museum, Australian Museum, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the WA Herbarium.

    Woodside Four follows on from previous fieldwork last October that looked at offshore atolls over two trips, using historical data provided by the Museums involved that dates back to 1976.

    “The Kimberley one of the last frontiers on earth – it is truly exceptional by global standards: no-one would question the ecological importance of the Amazon rainforest and yet here in WA, just like in the Amazon, we are discovering new species every year,” Mr Coles said.

    “Considering the increasing pressure this region is coming under from visitors and industry, it is vital that as much as possible is known about its biodiversity and ecosystems.”

    Mr Coles said the achievements from the enduring partnership between Woodside and the WA Museum were impressive, with more than 6,700 marine species documented, 4,500 of which were now in the Museum's Woodside Collections and accessible to a global audience through the website.

    “About 90 international scientists from 25 countries have been involved in this work and the remote field streaming project would now allow the Museum and its partners to share their findings and work with a much greater audience.”

    To see the scientific team at work, visit: http://www.museum.wa.gov.au.

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  • Day 1 Video

    19 Oct 2010

    Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - Day 1

    When the Western Australian Museum goes exploring and cataloguing the remote waters of the Kimberley region, you can be with us in real time.

    Our researchers have taken advanced satellite equipment that allows us to stream interviews and footage directly to our website.

    This first video documents the scientists arriving in the Kimberley, setting up and performing their first dives and surveys.

    Throughout the trip, new videos will be produced to document the expedition and allow the public to share in the discoveries as we make them.

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