Posts categorized as Sunfish

Colossal New Addition to Te Papa’s Scientific Collections

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Today we’ve been hearing about the most recent addition to Te Papa’s scientific collections, a new colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. We’re playing host to a dozen or so media representatives as well as our own live-streaming film crew, who are following intently the activity of five visiting squid scientists from AUT, led by Dr Kat… Read more »

Tell our scientists which coastal creatures you’d like to know more about in Science Live: Coastal creatures. Email sciencelive@tepapa.govt.nz with your suggestions! Walking along many of the beaches in my native UK, I had my head down, ignoring the beautiful view and the pounding waves of the slate grey sea. Instead, I’d be scanning the rocks for fossils,… Read more »

Khandallah kids go ‘behind the scenes’ – a student’s response

Khandallah School Room 5 visiting Te Papa's Natural Sciences collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

On Monday, I wrote a blog about Khandallah School’s visit to our bird and insect collection. It was clear to me that the students had a wonderful time – but why not let them tell you that! This post has been written by Lara from Room 5. Last Friday I was so excited, it was… Read more »

Khandallah kids go ‘behind the scenes’

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Readers may remember that as part of sunfish science extravaganza, a group of Khandallah School students won our competition to name the fish. Their winning name was Sunny Bill, and this morning they visited our natural history collection as part of their prize. The 28 students from room 5 arrived at the Tory St building… Read more »

Can early years children learn from live science?

Max's sunfish drawing. Photographer: Becs Thomas © Tai Tamariki

Our sunfish science extravaganza was a huge hit with adult science enthusiasts from across New Zealand – and worldwide! But could the same setup work for very young children? Mel Dash, one of Te Papa’s audience engagement team, had the inspired idea of inviting the 3 and 4 year olds from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten, to… Read more »

The sunfish has a name!

School Students and the sharp tail sunfish. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

As part of Te Papa’s Sunfish Science Extravaganza, a competition was run for school classes to come up with a name for our sharp tail sunfish. We got some very creative and witty suggestions and picking a winner proved a difficult task. After some consultation with fellow educators, a decision was reached… Congratulations to Room… Read more »

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 www.blog.tepapa.govt.nz/category/sunfish to find out more about… Read more »

School’s in for sunfish science

On Monday morning 30 students from Brooklyn school huddled around a table in Te Papa’s fish lab. They were here to get a rare glimpse of a very rare fish – a sharp-tail sunfish. While the fish was still hidden under a wet sheet that was part of the defrosting process, scientist Andrew Stewart provided… 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 »