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Hunting for Eggs
If you're hunting for eggs this Easter, make sure you swing by the Otago Museum. While our collection isn't made of chocolate, it does contain some of the rarest eggs in the world.
Wild Dunedin Podcast
The Wild Dunedin Podcast returns on 23 April. Listen in to find out about the amazing wildlife that lives in and around our city.
A world with no parasites: sustainable or not?
Parasites often get a bad rap, but these tiny species are an important part of our planet's ecosystems. Research Officer Anusha Beer explains why.
Soaking Up the Attention
Dive into Seaweek 2019 (2 to 10 March) with a trip to Animal Attic to view our collection of sea sponges. Collection Officer, Natural Science On Lee Lau tells us more about these unusual marine invertebrates.
Rare Discovery: New Long-legged Fly Found at Aramoana
Spending time on the mudflats around Aramoana over the summer led to a unique find for Associate Professor Steve Kerr, a neurotoxicologist at the University of Otago.
Q & A with Trudi Webster, saving yellow-eyed penguins
The yellow-eyed penguin, thought to be one of the world’s rarest penguins, has a dedicated advocate – the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) – committed to saving this endangered species. The Otago Museum and Otago Regional Council jointly support the YEPT and the work of Dr Trudi Webster in her role as Conservation Science Advisor.
Otago Museum’s sunfish – the largest known specimen of the new hoodwinker sunfish, Mola tecta.
Over the past four years the taxonomy of the world’s heaviest bony fishes has been under review, and a new species has been discovered.
The secret of delicious chocolate? It’s written in the genes!
This school holidays, the science engagement team is exploring the delicious science of chocolate! Known as ‘food of the gods’, chocolate, made from the cacao bean, is a favourite treat of many, including me!
A day in the life of a Natural Science Curator
To celebrate International Museum Day 2017, we take a look behind the scenes at the Otago Museum to see what a random day in the office looks like. Thanks to Emma Burns, Curator Natural Science, for sharing a snapshot of her working day.
Recent Southern sunfish stranding on Aramoana salt marshes
On Wednesday 18 January Otago Museum was notified by the Department of Conservation about a dead Southern Ocean sunfish (Mola ramsayi) found on the Aramoana salt marshes...
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