Spiders, cetaceans and skeletons

Museum experts visited the Attenborough Studio to discuss recent natural history news and secrets from the collections.

Discover the stories of Benny the Beluga and the arachnids causing chaos in London.

False widow spiders have hit the headlines more prominently than usual this year, with a number of schools in London being shut due to infestations. Spider specialist Ben Drew explained why we don't need to be scared of these generally harmless arachnids.

Ellen Coombs, a PhD student studying whales at the Museum, stopped by the studio to talk about a beluga which has taken up residence in the River Thames.

We also revealed this month's mystery specimen - see if you can guess what it is.

This #NHM_live was broadcast on Wednesday 14 November 2018. 

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