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Digital Image - Sperm Whale Skull, Bushfire Beach Survey, Lorne, Feb 1983 Reg. No: MM 112467
- Photograph taken of bushfire effected sperm whale skull on a beach in Lorne following Ash Wednesday.
This image was taken by Andrew Wegener on a field survey following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires on the beaches between Apollo Bay and Torquay. The survey studied the effects of bushfire on the wildlife and a number of specimens were photographed and collected that day. Andrew Wegener donated 15 of the specimens to the ornithology collection at Museum Victoria for study and research and published a paper in the Australian Bird Watcher describing the survey and its findings.
- Statement Of Significance:
- This series of images is significant in a number of ways. It references the effects of bushfire on wildlife and illustrates quite literally the power of the heat and ambient environment during a bushfire. Most of these animals showed no outward signs of bushfire effect. Most died from heat or smoke exhaustion. Further these images illuminate a small collections in the ornithology collection made up of samples from this survey. Whilst the images give a human context to the specimens and reveal how and when the survey was conducted they also stand as a visual identification for what are now only bones.
- Description Of Content:
- Image of Sperm Whale skull lying on rocks.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Andrew Wegener, 2010
- Photographer: Andrew Wegener
|Tagged with:||bushfires, australian native animals, natural environment, natural disasters, wildlife, naturalists|
|Themes this item is part of:||Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Natural Disasters|
|Original Caption:||Sperm Whale skull|
|Format:||Digital Still Image: Colour|
|Photographer:||Andrew Wegener, Australia, 1983|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Lorne, Victoria, Australia, Feb 1983|