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Vultures feeding on Cape buffalo carcass

This colour image is a photograph of two vultures feeding on the carcass of a Cape buffalo ('Cyncerus caffer') in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. A white-backed vulture ('Gyps africanus') sits on the carcass while the hooded vulture ('Necrosyrtes monarchus') sits beside the carcass. The adult buffalo is partially ...


Brown falcon searching for prey at dusk

The brown falcon in this photograph is perched up in a tree on a leafless branch. From its vantage point, it can search for prey on the ground. Some of its hunting features are long sharp talons, large eyes and a hooked beak for tearing prey apart.


Animal Olympians: falcon

This is a clip showing a peregrine falcon ('Falco peregrinus') in flight, soaring through the sky and swooping to capture its prey, a pigeon. This short clip focuses on the speed of the sprint flight champion falcon and the use of its body to optimise its hunting abilities. The clip is 1 minute 17 seconds in length. (Classification ...


Whale-tooth scrimshaw showing a blindfolded horseman, 1855-65

This is a scrimshawed and partly hollowed whale's tooth, cream in colour, depicting a blindfolded horseman wearing a cape and a Macedonian helmet. It was carved by Alfred Evans in Australia between 1855 and 1856. The horseman is brandishing a sword while mounted on a raised horse. The item is 65 mm wide.


Harpoon spear used in Antarctica, 1927-39

This is a six-pronged harpoon spear used in Antarctica for whaling by British biologist and photographer George Rayner between 1927 and 1939. It is 10 cm wide by 16.5 cm high and 1.8 cm deep. The spear is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the interwar era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.


Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.


Mollie Bodman and another woman hunting in grasstree scrub, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph of two women hunting in a landscape of trees and grasstree scrub on St Margaret Island, about 1910. One of the women, Mollie Bodman, is holding a gun. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Charles Nuttall feeding 'kangaroo' dog, St Margaret Island, 1910-20

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the artist Charles Nuttall feeding a 'kangaroo' dog among trees at St Margaret Island, around 1920. He wears suit pants and a waistcoat with shirt and bowtie. The dog is tied to a tree. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Sydney Pern with shotgun and freshly killed birds, c1910

This is a photograph of Dr Sydney Pern in front of a wooden shack, with a shotgun over his right arm and two freshly killed birds in his left hand. It was taken in around 1910 at St Margaret Island in Victoria. This image was collected as part of the Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006. It is a digital scan ...


Woman hunting with dog, St Margaret Island, c1916

This black-and-white photograph shows Nancy Bodman in 'hunting gear' with a shotgun and her dog at St Margaret Island. It was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006.


Downloading data from animal tags

This is a colour photograph of a scientist in a laboratory using a laptop computer to download data from electronic animal tags. To the right of the computer is a specialised communication box into which the electronic tag is placed. The scientist in the image is Dr Miles Lamare, a marine biologist involved in sea star ...


Harvesting New Zealand cockles

This is a colour photograph of two people collecting New Zealand cockles ('Austrovenus stutchburyi') in shallow sea water. The cockles are being dug by hand from a sand flat and placed into buckets. (Classification - Phylum: Mollusca; Class: Bivalvia; Order: Veneroida; Family Veneridae.)


A leopard seal on ice

This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.

Interactive Resource

The virtual ecosystem

This interactive learning activity consists of a virtual ecosystem model that introduces the idea that all living things compete for food. Students can complete two game-like experiments to investigate the need an individual rabbit has for grass and then compare the needs of an individual rabbit to the needs of a population ...

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My Place - Episode 25: Before Time: Bunda, Fishing

At the creek, Bunda's father tells him and his brother to catch a fish. Each uses a different method of fishing and Bunda's method of building a small dam proves to be the most successful. Their father is annoyed that they are not working together.

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My Place - Episode 26: Before Time: Barangaroo, Yabbies

Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.

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Dreaming of mackerel fishing

Elspeth Davey is not your typical teenager. She grew up on her parents' mackerel fishing boat in the Gulf of Carpentaria before heading off to boarding school, and she's always known that she wanted a life on the sea. In her presentation, filled with the sights and sounds of the world around her, Elspeth reflects on her ...


Jewel of the Pacific, 1932: The rat's tale

This black-and-white clip from a travelogue on Lord Howe Island features scenes of a rat hunt for a 'sixpence a tail' bounty. Filmmaker Frank Hurley's animated narration and his plays on words add humour to footage that provides detailed observations of a rat hunt by two women and their dogs as well as close-ups of two ...


'Scientific whaling' cartoon by Pat Campbell, 2006

This is a colour-wash sketch by Pat Campbell that comments on the of killing of whales for scientific purposes by Japan. It shows a ship with a whale harpoon gun in the shape of a microscope operated by two Japanese men. Further information is available for this resource.


Whaling in 19th- and 20th-century Australia and New Zealand

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources focuses on whaling and whalers in Australia and New Zealand. It contains five sections - whalers in action; processing carcasses; tools and equipment; whale products; and Indigenous Australian, Fijian and Mäori peoples and whales. The collection includes paintings, photographs, ...