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Snorkeling at the Poor Knights Snorkeling at the Poor Knights

Students with Experiencing Marine Reserves buddy up with a friend and have an adult…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Community Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Community

Large, old established mangroves help protect the shoreline from erosion, but also…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Propagules Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Propagules

Mangroves are important in many ways. They provide shelter for juvenile fish, and…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove

The mangroves themselves are fun to snorkel around. We have one species in NZ, common…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Trevally School Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Trevally School

Juvenile trevally also occur in the channel of the Whangateau Harbour, a school of…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Parore in Neckace Weed Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Parore in Neckace Weed

The necklace weed bed is a very important nursery for parore. Whangateau supplies…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Necklace Weed on Reef Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Necklace Weed on Reef

Whangateau is a popular place to snorkel and learn about estuarine ecology. Here…

Neptunes Necklace - Green Seaweed Neptunes Necklace - Green Seaweed

Whangateau Estuary. Hormosira banksii otherwise known as Neptune's Necklace is often…

Brown Seaweed Brown Seaweed

This small brown seaweed is endemic to the Three Kings Islands, meaning it is only…

Green Seaweed - Caulerpa sp. Green Seaweed - Caulerpa sp.

Three Kings Islands.

Kina Browse Kina Browse

This extreme close-up shows the teeth marks of Kina where they have scraped at the…

Kina beneath the Kelp Kina beneath the Kelp

Kina live on the rocky reef and feed on seaweed. Their predators (e.g. Snapper and…

Kelp Forest Kelp Forest

Seaweed - the rainforests of the sea.

Beneath the Kelp Beneath the Kelp

A school of Spotties swim through the Kelp forest.

Under the Kelp Under the Kelp

A Spotty swims through the Kelp forest.

Kina grazing beneath the Kelp Kina grazing beneath the Kelp

Kina or Sea Urchins live on the rocky reef and graze on seaweed.

Kina and Kelp Kina and Kelp

Kina or Sea Urchins live on the rocky reef and graze on Kelp.

Vibrant life beneath the Kelp Vibrant life beneath the Kelp

Poor Knights Islands marine reserve.

Descending into the blue Descending into the blue

A diver descends next to a kelp covered rock wall at the Poor Knights Islands Marine…

Kelp Forest at the Cavalli’s Kelp Forest at the Cavalli’s

Cavalli Islands - 5 km from Matauri Bay in Northland. This is a typical example of…

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