Dr. Nasreen Peer: Leading Women in Marine Science

Dr. Nasreen Peer graduated with her PhD in 2016 from Nelson Mandela University where she studied the taxonomy, ecology and diversity of crabs in South Africa. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow studying the ecology of freshwater, mangrove and estuarine crabs around South Africa. Her research led her further up the East Coast to Mozambique …

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Venom: Killer and Cure at the Natural History Museum

Read my latest review on the New Nature Blog, this time I visited the Venom exhibition at the Natural History Museum…

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Spiders, scorpions and snakes strike fear into the hearts of many. Not only are many equipped with an intimidating bite or sting, many also have another weapon in their armoury – venom. It is this powerful biological substance that is the latest focus of the Natural History Museum at their exhibition – Venom: Killer and Cure.

If the enormous spiders’ silhouette at the entrance doesn’t deter you as you walk through an eerily dark corridor, you will be met by a fascinating array of venomous creatures, each with their own unique story to tell. From gigantic invertebrates like the Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantean) to terrifying reptiles like the western diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), a collection of specimens are on display covering all classes. But not all these specimens are floating in formaldehyde, with a live Burgundy goliath bird-eating tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi) patiently waiting…

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Top 5 Sharks You May Not Know About

Everyone knows about great whites, hammerheads and tiger sharks, but what about those lesser known species, that are just as cool? With over 440 species of sharks, it's easy to get sidetracked by the more (in)famous species, so I've listed my top 5 lesser-known shark species, just for your pleasure. Megamouth Shark Very little is …

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Ecological Genocide: Everything You Fear About Sharks Is Wrong

Anybody who knows me well, understands how much I adore sharks. Apex predators of the deep and perfectly designed killing machines, yet incredibly majestic and breath-taking to watch. It has always been a dream of mine to cage dive with Great White Sharks, and one day I hope to study them for myself. As an …

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#MyWildDiary Something A Lil’ Bit Different…

As you may have noticed, my blog has not been updated for some time now - a couple of weeks I believe. I wish I had some great, extravagant excuse as to why this has happened, but alas I do not. No, it's just been my fairly mundane life prohibiting me from finding time to write …

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Adélie to Waitaha: Why you should care about World Penguin Day

Today marks an important day in highlighting the issues facing some of the natural world’s most charismatic creatures. It’s safe to say that penguins are adored by both young and old across the globe. These dopey and clumsy, adorable birds are featured in countless documentaries and are arguably the most recognised icon of Antarctica. There …

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Tilikum: A Star in Changing the Conservation Conversation

After the heart-breaking death of world-famous killer whale Tilikum, the debate about the role of zoological parks has come into the limelight again. Tilikum principally rose to fame through the documentary Blackfish, which highlighted the cruelty subjected to orcas as they are captured and forced into the entertainment business. Most importantly, the lesser-known intelligence and …

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