We think that we know what koalas are like - but prepare to be surprised!

Koalas may look cute and cuddly, but lots of things about them are strange. They have two thumbs per hand, rarely need to drink water, and can survive on poisonous leaves. Here is the real story!


Dr Mark Norman is a marine biologist and a world expert on octopuses, squids and cuttlefishes (the 'cephalopods'). He is Senior Curator of Molluscs at Museum Victoria where he undertakes marine biology research. He is also a trained teacher, an educational display designer and an experienced underwater cinematographer. He has published extensively and his publications include 'A guide to squid, cuttlefish and octopuses of Australasia' and 'Cephalopods: a world guide'. His research and projects with documentary makers including BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel has covered giant squid, poisonous blue-ringed octopuses, huge aggregations of southern giant cuttlefish and diving surveys of remote Indo-Pacific coral reefs.

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