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Marine scientists preparing to scuba dive

This is a colour photograph of a group of marine scientists preparing to scuba dive. The researchers are dressed in scuba diving gear including wetsuits, masks, fins and oxygen tanks. They are aboard a vessel in New Zealand's Fiordland.

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Endangered Mala returned to natural habitat

Have you ever heard of the Australian marsupial called a Mala? Perhaps not, because this creature (also known as the Rufous Hare-wallaby), has been extinct in the wild for decades. Find out about a project to re-introduce the Mala into Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn also about the significance of this marsupial ...

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Turtle rehabilitation in Cairns, 2013

Discover how a community is working together to give sick and injured turtles in North Queensland a second chance at life. Storms and cyclones in North Queensland have had a serious impact on local habitats and wildlife, and turtles have suffered greatly. Watch this clip to see how turtles are being cared for, as well as ...

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Credibility and the news

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't believe everything you hear'? Well, it's true of things you see, too. Television news programs work hard to make their stories credible - this means that they appear honest and believable. In this clip, explore how credibility can be established and manipulated.

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An island where warm waters meet cool

Lord Howe Island lies off the east coast of Australia where warm, tropical seas meet cool currents from the south. Here, a mix of fish suited to warmer waters live together with fish suited to the cooler southern waters. Lord Howe Island has many reasons to be protected, such as being home to the world's most southern coral ...

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Shape overlays: picture studio

Position two simple shapes to form an overlap, then cut out that new shape. For example, lay a rectangle over a circle to make a semicircle. Make several shapes. Rotate the shapes and move them around to make pictures. Build a new picture or match an existing picture such as a fish or a truck.


Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2002: Mr Neville says no

This clip shows Mr Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia (Kenneth Branagh), inspecting the colour of Molly's skin. It opens with Mr Neville calling Molly (Everlyn Sampi) out of the group of children assembled in front of the church at the Moore River Settlement. Another Aboriginal girl and the ...


What is a coral reef scientist?

In this clip, Dr Kiki Sanford questions researcher and coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison about the varying roles and activities of coral reef scientists. He explains that the term 'coral reef scientist' encompasses people who might focus on distinctly different areas, then notes that his particular area of interest ...


Understanding the coral polyp

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison introduces the coral polyp as the foundation of the coral colony. Footage of living polyps is used to demonstrate how plankton prey is captured and digested, and the importance of this critical energy source for the reproduction and survival of the coral reef colony is emphasised.


Types of coral reproduction

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses sexual and asexual types of reproduction in coral reefs. Footage of living reefs together with animations are used to illustrate the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction.


Coral reproduction patterns

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses the complexities of coral reef reproduction patterns. Footage of living reefs with animation illustrates patterns of developing larvae, and dispersal and attachment on and between reefs.


Mass coral spawning

Professor Peter Harrison was part of a scientific team that discovered that many coral species around the world synchronise their reproductive cycles and spawn together on the same night in a phenomenon called mass spawning. Scientists think corals use environmental cues to trigger mass spawning events. The discovery of ...


Mass coral spawning and coral survival

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison describes mass coral spawning as a key global event, producing new corals and connecting reefs. However, there can be a downside. Professor Harrison explains how an onshore wind during a spawning event can push eggs and sperm inshore, preventing oxygen from entering the water. ...


What damages and stresses coral reefs?

In this clip, coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison responds to a request by Dr Kiki Sanford to outline specific natural and human-induced factors that stress coral reefs. He then explains that a combination of both natural and chronic human stressors is leading to a decline of coral reef systems around the world.


Gaps in understanding of coral reef ecology

In this clip, coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison explains that there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of coral reef ecology. He states that one of the key concerns among researchers is how corals are likely to respond to a changing climate that is causing sea temperatures to rise and ocean chemistry to change. ...


The future of coral reefs

In this clip, Dr Kiki Sanford asks coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison whether he sees a bleak future for the world’s coral reefs. He replies that, although the overall health of coral reefs worldwide will probably continue to decline, there is much reason for hope that at least some coral reef communities will ...


Protest funeral for a tree, 1994

This is a 1994 black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Nina Landis, showing Melbourne protesters conducting a funeral for trees cut down in Albert Park to make way for the Grand Prix racing circuit. Pallbearers follow two black-clad women who carry ceremonial gum leaves.


Natural rock arch formation, Sorrento, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken on acetate film, of a natural rock arch formation at Sorrento Back Beach on the Bass Strait side of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The photograph has been taken at low tide, looking through the arch of weathered rock towards the ocean. Some sparse vegetation is growing on ...


'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The clip opens with a sequence showing tourists disembarking from an ocean liner via a companionway down to a waiting launch. ...


'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 3

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The clip opens with a number of short, inter-cut shots of birds and chicks in nests and on the ground. These are followed by ...