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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 »

Do you use Facebook? We need your help!

A group of university students are performing a study involving Te Papa’s social media use and they need your help. They have put this survey together, which will be open until Wednesday 13 February: EDIT: The survey is now closed. A big thank you to all of you who took the time to complete it…. Read more »