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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

The forested mountains which embrace the city of Melbourne are the setting for giant trees, dramatic geological events, human stories of tragedy and triumph, evolution of unique organisms and regular occurrence of bushfires.

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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Southern Blue-ringed Octopus
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Blue-ringed Octopus

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

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.

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.

pink cockatoo
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Indigenous Biodiversity

An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.

book cover
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Cephalopod Catalogue

Third and final volume by MV scientists now available

Shark tooth and whale bone
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Whale vs shark

Evidence of shark bite 24 million years ago.

sea anemone and shrimp
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Sea anemone feast

Ever bitten off more than you can chew?

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Auntie Veronica Barnett hand feeding eels, Milarri Garden, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, 2011.
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Interview with Auntie Veronica Barnett

Museums Victoria staff member Auntie Veronica shares her story with archivist Nik Mcgrath.

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Ancient whales had more bite than today’s gentle giants

The cutting edge of whale evolution

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