Posts written by Vincent Zintzen

Fish survey off Dunedin: hagfish surprise

A hagfish specimen, Eptatretus cirrhatus, producing large amount of slime when manipulated on the deck.

Day 6:  last stations off the Otago Peninsula sampled. We are ready to move towards the Auckland Islands. We have been blessed with good weather conditions for the last six days which allowed us to complete quickly our diversity survey between 50m and 1200m depth off the Otago Peninsula. We have deployed 50 videos units,… Read more »

Fish team research expedition

Scientists and crew prepare the deployment a fish trap to be sent in the deep canyons off Otago Peninsula

Day 2: sampling off Otago Peninsula. Our survey onboard the MV Tranquil Image has started after a rough transit from Wellington to Dunedin. After a very successful day 1 deploying camera and traps in the shallow (50 and 100 m), today we have started exploring the deep canyons of the area some 25 nautical miles… Read more »

Te Papa research online on National Geographic website

Dalatias licha attacking hagfish

Recently, I published with my colleagues from Te Papa Fish Team and Massey University some interesting findings about a fantastic group of species: hagfishes. Those primitive deep-sea fishes repulse any predator attack using their slime. I present examples of how hagfish stop the attack from shark several times their sizes. And it even looked easy…… Read more »

Hagfish versus sharks : 1-0

Hagfish teeth

Not many of you will believe that hagfish, also called snot-eels, are fascinating creatures, but they truly are. You will only be able to believe me after reading this post. I still persist saying that I am not falling in love with them but some of my colleagues start worrying about my desire to always… Read more »

Remarkable abundance of sharks in the Kermadec Islands

Deployment of a video unit

Wed 11/05/11 Our video deployments are revealing day after day a bit more of the particular fish fauna of the Raoul Island. The most remarkable feature we observe is the large amount of sharks. And to be honest, I would not like them to come to close during a dive. Bronze whalers and galapagos sharks… Read more »

En route to the Kermadec Islands

Loading up the Tranquil Image with gear

A Te Papa expedition, in collaboration with Massey University, is going to study the fish fauna of the Kermadec Islands, some 1000km North of mainland New Zealand. We left Tauranga aboard the MV Tranquil Image yesterday. Loading all the gear on the deck was a bit more of a challenge than usual because of the… Read more »

Te Papa fish scientists leaving soon for the lost world: survey to the Kermadec Islands

Boat and gear

The Kermadec Islands’ are the most isolated piece of rock that New Zealand has, some 1,000km North of Tauranga, right in the middle of very deep oceans. The isolation, recent geological origin and predominantly subtropical marine flora and fauna make them unique both nationally and internationally. I often imagine the Kermadec as one of the… Read more »

Kaikoura deep-sea field work: a few pictures

  • Fish trap being retrieved after deployment at 700m depth. Te Papa, photograph by Vincent Zintzen.
  • Deep-sea shark caught with the fish traps. Te Papa, photograph by Vincent Zintzen.
  • The Kaikoura range in the background.
  • Early in the morning abord the Star Keys, fully loaded with scientific gear (underwater video systems, fish traps and ropes). Te Papa, photograph by Vincent Zintzen.

Te Papa fish team is off Kaikoura onboard the MV Star Keys to study deep-sea fish fauna.   We are blessed with good weather since Wednesday which allows us to being close to the minimum number of samples we have to achieve. That’ excellent news! I though I would show you some pictures aboard the… Read more »