Posts tagged with shark

Te Papa research online on National Geographic website

Dalatias licha attacking hagfish

Recently, I published with my colleagues from Te Papa Fish Team and Massey University some interesting findings about a fantastic group of species: hagfishes. Those primitive deep-sea fishes repulse any predator attack using their slime. I present examples of how hagfish stop the attack from shark several times their sizes. And it even looked easy…… Read more »

Lights, Camera, Action for the Great White Shark

  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa
  • White shark dissection 28 June 2011, Jean-Claude Stahl - Te Papa

On Tuesday 28 June, the Great White Shark debuted on his first film set, defrosted and ready for action. Andrew Stewart, Collection Manager Fishes managed the team in preparing the shark for its fixing process and dissection with great excitement of what could be discovered. Over the course of the day, a full set of… Read more »

Remarkable abundance of sharks in the Kermadec Islands

Deployment of a video unit

Wed 11/05/11 Our video deployments are revealing day after day a bit more of the particular fish fauna of the Raoul Island. The most remarkable feature we observe is the large amount of sharks. And to be honest, I would not like them to come to close during a dive. Bronze whalers and galapagos sharks… 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 »

Impressive deep-sea shark filmed during White Island survey

Te Papa scientists recovering a video unit sent underwater to film deep-sea fish life.

As research scientist for the Marsden funded project on diversity of deep-sea fishes of New Zealand, I have to analyse hundreds of hours of video footage taken during our surveys. Sometimes, amazing creatures appear on the screen, often when you least suspect it. Here is a shot that really surprised me. I virtually stepped back… Read more »

Bites on the whale

cookie-cutter-marks

It was earlier blogged that the wounds on the whale were from cookie cutter sharks. Te Papa’s Fish collection manager, Andrew Stewart, came to have a look and this is his expert opinion: ‘Based on where the whale came ashore, the scars are probably from the cookie cutter rather than the seal shark (a larger… Read more »