Posts written by Vincent Zintzen

Kaikoura deep-sea fieldwork: do you love slime?

  • Hagfish teeth. Not difficult to understand that they are very efficient scavengers of the deep. Te Papa, photograph by Vincent Zintzen.
  • Carl extracting hagfish specimen out of one fish trap. Te Papa, photograph by Vincent Zintzen.
  • Vincent cleaning one hagfish specimen from its slime (and, yes, I am Belgian!). Te Papa.
  • Several specimens of hagfish interlaced. The white substance is the mucous they produce. 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 have just finished our third day of sampling off Kaikoura. So far, everything goes well, and we are progressing at a good pace with our sampling. It has been difficult to have an internet connection, but now… Read more »