The Western Chain – Expedition Snares Islands

Take a glimpse of this remote corner of New Zealand, and follow Te Papa’s scientists as they go scrambling up rocks and cliffs to carry out their research.

Three kilometres to the west of the main Snares Islands lies the isolated Western Chain group. They are rarely visited, and can only be reached in calm seas. Our scientists were going with a mission: to find out more about rare seabirds known as fulmar prions, which breed on these islands. Did they get their data? Watch the video to find out!

We wish to thank the Department of Conservation, Hokonui Rūnaka, Te Rūnanga o Awarua, Te Rūnanga o Ōraka-Aparima, and Waihōpai Rūnaka.

Alan Tennyson and Colin Miskelly studying  fulmar prions. Toru Islet with main Snares Islands in background. 28 Nov 2013 Photographer Antony Kusabs, Te Papa

Alan Tennyson and Colin Miskelly studying fulmar prions. Toru Islet with main Snares Islands in background. Photographer: Antony Kusabs © Te Papa

Expedition Snares Islands: Science Live @ Te Papa

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This video was filmed as part of Expedition Snares Islands, a Science Live episode live-streamed in March 2014.
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