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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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