Land alienation is a problem not just in Papua New Guinea but across Melanesia, and it has the potential to have a catastrophic affect on Melanesian society, according to one of the region's most experienced anthropologists, Museum Research Associate Kirk Huffman.
A friend just called me to say that she had heard that a Whale Shark was swimming in Botany Bay. "No way" was my initial reaction. Apparently members of the Abyss Scuba Diving encountered the fish this morning and have posted images on their Facebook account.
It has been a 'sharky week' with the addition of images showing a shark bite on a horse (really!), a Prickly Dogfish, and wounds inflicted on larger fishes by Cookiecutter Sharks. Rebecca Johnson from our Genetics Unit deserves another cheer for her TV appearance on Catalyst. Thank you as always to all contributors and to the increasing number of people who are adding comments.