Stranded Humpback Whale

Recently an adult Humpback Whale beached itself on North Stradbroke Island, just 1 km south of the Main Beach Surf Life Saving Club. The cause of death is unknown though it may have been infection-related due to the snagging and embedding of a crab pot around the tail of the whale. Under the Nature Conservation (Whales & Dolphins) Plan 1997, Queensland Museum is authorised to … Continue reading Stranded Humpback Whale

Exploring the Deep

Dr Merrick Ekins is the Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates at Queensland Museum. He collects Sponges, Cnidarians (Hard, Soft and Black Corals, Anemones, Jellyfish, Zooanthids), Ascidians (sea squirts), Bryozoans, Brachiopods and Hemichordates. Sessile animals are ones that are fixed in place, at least in the adult stage, and don’t tend to move around from place to place. Merrick is responsible for collection, storage, transport and maintenance of over … Continue reading Exploring the Deep

Sea Spiders – from the South Pole to the Tropics

Dr Claudia Arango, a research fellow at Queensland Museum, is one of the few world specialists on pycnogonids (or sea spiders). She has been working on Australian fauna since 1998. Claudia studies these spiders to work out how they evolved; their ecology; relationships among the families and species; and to help understand their position in the arthropod Tree of Life. Claudia is currently leading a three-year … Continue reading Sea Spiders – from the South Pole to the Tropics

A LA LA! – Atlas of Living Australia Live At Last

Atlas of Living Australia Live At Last! The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) was launched in Brisbane on the 20th May. At a special ceremony held at Queensland Museum (QM), Dr John Hooper (Head of Biodiversity and Geosciences at Queensland Museum) spoke about the collaboration of museums, herbaria, universities and other government collections in producing the ALA. The ALA is an online encyclopaedia of all living … Continue reading A LA LA! – Atlas of Living Australia Live At Last

The Pursuit of Parasites

Dr. Rob Adlard is a parasitologist working at Queensland Museum. Recently Rob has been on a quest of biodiscovery to uncover some of the ‘hidden diversity’ on coral reefs with an emphasis on fish parasites. Rob and his team have uncovered many species of myxosporean parasites, some of which are Kudoa spp., and these infect our reef fish. Here is an image of Rob, Dr Terry Miller, and PhD student … Continue reading The Pursuit of Parasites