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Discover Documentary: Deep Sea

Scientists are only just starting to uncover what lives in the deepest parts of the world's ocean. Find out about some of the weirdest and most wonderful with Dr Martin Gomon, Curator of Ichthyology and Melanie MacKenzie, Collection Manager of Marine Invertebrates.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
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Forest Secrets

At the heart of the museum is a piece of Victoria's mountain landscape with tall eucalypts, ferns, rare plants and wildlife. Delve in to the secrets of our Forest Galley.

Illustration showing animals that lived from 635 million years–2.6 million years ago
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600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves

How did life on Earth come to be the way it is and what happened in our part of the world?

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Eulogy for a seastar, Australia’s first recorded marine extinction

Today, I am writing a eulogy to the Derwent River Seastar (or starfish), that formerly inhabited the shores near the Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania.

A view of a whale at the surface from above
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Northern exposure: fossils of a southern whale found for the first time in the north

A totally unexpected discovery.

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Ancient whales had more bite than today’s gentle giants

The cutting edge of whale evolution

Newly-moulted Giant Spider Crab
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Melbourne's annual congregation of Giant Spider Crabs

Every year, thousands of Giant Spider Crabs congregate in Port Phillip Bay ahead of their annual winter moult.

Southern Blue-ringed Octopus
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Blue-ringed Octopus

Small but deadly, this animal runs rings around the competition.

Worm on a black background
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Creature of the deep

Its evocative appearance is not the only thing that makes this deep sea creature fascinating and important.

sea slug
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Victoria's nudibranchs

The butterflies of the sea.

Barramundi
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A treasure trove of freshwater fish biodiversity

The Kimberley region in Australia’s northwest is one our last great pristine unspoilt places, and a hotspot for species discovery.

Preparing fish specimens
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Putting names to faceless fishes from the abyss

Understanding which fish species occur where, and discovering new fish species, is the starting point to managing marine biodiversity.

Shark tooth and whale bone
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Whale vs shark

Evidence of shark bite 24 million years ago.

book cover
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Cephalopod Catalogue

Third and final volume by MV scientists now available

sea anemone and shrimp
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Sea anemone feast

Ever bitten off more than you can chew?

A black and white image of a toadlet.
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Under fire: The animals threatened by Australia’s bushfire crisis

If there’s one place in the world that knows about extinction, it’s a natural history museum.

A woman sketches a plant cutting while sitting on a grass tree.
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The trials and triumphs of a trailblazing scientist

Hope Macpherson was a woman who broke barriers. 

<em>Lithoconus leopardus</em>, Leopard cone.
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What is the most venomous animal in the world?

And how its deadly venom could save lives.

The fossilised seal tooth, which is 3 million years old.
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Rare fossil tooth find sheds a light on Australia’s distant past

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Who’s digging in my lawn?

Learn about land crayfish and their burrows.

A young man holds a fossil.
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The puzzle of Melbourne’s small and ancient seals

‘Landmark’ study rewrites the history of seals in southern Australia thanks to fragmentary fossils washed up on a Melbourne beach. 

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Nemo found: new species of dancing peacock spider named

Meet the newest dancing peacock spider, Maratus nemo.

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Jurassic relict: a new family of Brittle Stars

Long-armed and bristling with teeth, this Brittle Star is a marine relict.

A large research ship sits at a dock in Darwin
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Investigating the IOT: deep-sea science

A journey into Australia's unexplored deep-sea Indian Ocean Territories. 

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Faceless Fish and the deep-sea voyages that found it

Take a dive into the deep sea with the Faceless Fish. 

3D imagery of an eye shaped caldera
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A Lord of the Rings-like marine landscape revealed in Australia’s Christmas Island Territory

Take a dive into a Lord of the Rings-inspired seascape.

a small scorpion glowing green under uv light
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Glowing animals: understanding bioluminescence and biofluorescence

What do a Platypus, a Dragonfish and a Scorpion all have in common?

dinosaur skeletons on display in a museum
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10 really big things in the Museums Victoria State Collection

With millions of objects to choose from, what are the some of the biggest things?

An image of a large whale skeleton on display in a hall
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Why are there so many whale skeletons in museums?

Whales grace the halls of many a natural history museum, but they are there for more than just show.  

a scary looking fish with big teeth
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How do deep-sea creatures survive in the crushing dark?

Meet some of the weird and wonderful animals that have adapted to life in the deep sea.

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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Deep sea creatures
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Sampling the Abyss

The Sampling the Abyss voyage, 15 May–16 June 2017

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