Posts tagged with Auckland Museum

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 »

11 fascinating sunfish facts

  • Close-up of the sunfish's mouth (beak covered by tarpaulin). Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Andrew Stewart, Te Papa's lead scientist on the sunfish project. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Te Papa scientists lifting the heavy sunfish. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa
  • Taking a closer look at the sunfish. Photographer: Michael Hall © Te Papa

Te Papa recently received a rare sunfish specimen from Auckland Museum, so we decided to find out more about these mysterious ocean-dwelling animals. Here are our fascinating facts: 1.Sunfish don’t have a tail! Some people call them a ‘gigantic swimming head’ (which seems a bit rude). Instead of a tail their dorsal and anal fins… Read more »

What’s fishy, heavy, rarely seen and now at Te Papa? A sunfish – the world’s heaviest bony fish! This is a common sunfish, also called an ocean sunfish. Our specimen is the rarer sharp-tailed sunfish. When Andrew Stewart got an email with some very exciting pictures from Tom Trnski at Auckland Museum on the 14th… Read more »

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 »