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Thanks to Radio NZ for featuring our sharp-tail sunfish on Our Changing World.  It’s great to hear the specimen talked about so enthusiastically and knowledgeably. We’re looking forward to bringing you more news on the sunfish specimen once we have the results back from our laboratory and veterinary tests. Check to find out more about… Read more »

Sunfish: what do we know?

Te Papa and Auckland Museum scientists discuss how to proceed with the sunfish dissection. Photographer: Ruth Hendry © Te Papa

What have we learnt from our day of sunfish science? Sunfish are very hard to sex! The best we can say is that it’s a boy. We think. We’ll have to wait for the test results to determine conclusively whether it’s male or female. Jellyfish are delicious Although we can’t quiz a sunfish on their… Read more »

Last meal

Tom Trnski has had a good look inside our sunfish’s stomach. He’s discovered that the last meal the sunfish probably ate was jellyfish – tasty for sunfish, but not so tasty for us! Inside the stomach were several long jellyfish tentacles. There were even some still inside the mouth! It looks like the sunfish probably… Read more »

It’s a boy!

We think. Tom and Andrew have identified tissue from the sunfish’s gonads, which they believe to be testicular tissue. Gonad tissue in adult female sunfish is pink. Gonad tissue in adult male sunfish is white. However, our sharp-tail sunfish is an immature specimen and in immature sunfish the gonad tissue is…pink regardless of the sex!… Read more »

Scientists from Auckland Museum and Te Papa are busy preparing the sharp-tail sunfish for dissection. We have our own photographers and photographers from the Dominion Post taking images of the specimen. This will help us to record what the specimen looked like as soon as it was taken from the freezer. Over time, whether the specimen… Read more »

Sunfish science is live and online!

Scientists measuring the sharp-tail sunfish. Photographer: Ruth Hendry (c) Te Papa

Our livestream is now over. Thanks for joining in! We’ll put the video online once we have uploaded it. You can view it here: Due to popular demand from you, we’ve started the livestream early. Watch live here: You can watch on your mobile or your desktop. Even better, soon you’ll be able… Read more »

Sunfish science – live!

Exciting news! Tomorrow you can watch our scientists as they work on our rare sunfish specimen – live. From 2.30pm (NZ time) on 13 Aug 2013 Te Papa’s scientists will be carrying out research – and you can watch it online. Go to: Join in! Te Papa’s scientists will be conducting research on our sunfish specimen… Read more »

You’re probably aware by now, Te Papa’s scientists are conducting research on our sunfish specimen on 13 August 2013. We’ll be live-blogging and sharing the scientists’ findings through Facebook and Twitter. It’s a fantastic opportunity to sit in as scientists do their research on these rarely seen animals. What will happen to the sunfish after… Read more »