Posts categorized as Fish

Joining the Kermadec expedition

Our Fish team will join a team of 15 researchers travelling to the Kermadec Islands (around 1000km north east of NZ) for three weeks to collect new specimens, hopefully identify new species and learn about one of the most pristine (and isolated) marine environments in the world. Also on the expedition is a team from Auckland Museum… 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 »

Matau: traditional hooks, innovative design

  • Composite hook. Oldman Collection. Copyright Te Papa. OL000105
  • Hei Matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME015518
  • Pä kahawai. Copyright Te Papa. ME013868
  • Bone matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME009305

An exhibition of Mäori fish-hooks (matau) made from wood, bone, stone, and shell opens at Te Papa on Saturday December 4th. While early European explorers considered these fish-hooks to be ‘ill-made’ and ‘of doubtful efficacy’, research has shown that the design was highly effective. Unlike modern steel hooks, the Mäori hooks were attached with fishing… 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 »

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 »

Great white shark new arrival at Te Papa

  • Sensory organs on the shark's head.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Inside the mouth of a great white shark.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Parasites found on the shark. Photo by Jane Keig.
  • The great white shark's underside. Photo by Jane Keig.

This morning, our fish team went to a small boatshed in Breaker Bay on Wellington’s south coast to pick up a great white shark.  Not your normal morning mission and a bittersweet one at that as these creatures are endagered animals and a protected species.  The shark had been ensnared in a fishing net and… Read more »