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Reotahi Parore Reotahi Parore

A small school of Parore (Girella tricuspidata) also known as Black Snapper seen…

Grey Mullet Grey Mullet

Grey Mullet (Mugil cephalus) are becoming regular visitors to the Whangarei Harbour…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Chainsawed Mangroves Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Chainsawed Mangroves

Some local landowners surrounding the Whangateau Harbour are upset that mangroves…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Juvenille Parore Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Juvenille Parore

Thousands of juvenile parore settle from their planktonic larval phase into the mangroves.…

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

They soon grow into small seedlings which are alternately inundated and exposed by…

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 - Yellow Eyed Mullet Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Yellow Eyed Mullet

Yellow-eye mullet, often called sprats, are common in the estuary, where they form…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Face Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Face

If you approach very carefully sometimes you can get really close and personal with…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Amongst Roots Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Amongst Roots

If there were a policy of no-fishing around Horse Shoe Island and the adjacent channel,…

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

The Whangateau Harbour is a small estuary on the east coast out from Warkworth on…

Neptunes Necklace - Green Seaweed Neptunes Necklace - Green Seaweed

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

Mangrove Trunk Mangrove Trunk

Mangrove trees are the only tree that can grow in sea water. Their trunks are completely…

Neptunes Necklace Seaweed around Mangrove Seedling Neptunes Necklace Seaweed around Mangrove Seedling

Whangateau Estuary. Mangroves and estuaries are highly productive zones.

Juvenile Yellow-eyed Mullet in the Mangroves Juvenile Yellow-eyed Mullet in the Mangroves

Whangateau Estuary. Mangroves and estuaries are important habitat for many fish including…

Juvenile Parore in the Mangroves Juvenile Parore in the Mangroves

Whangateau Estuary. Mangroves and estuaries are important habitat for many fish including…

Mangrove Tree Above and Below Mangrove Tree Above and Below

Whangateau Estuary. Mangroves are intertidal, which means that they spend their lives…

Neptunes Necklace Seaweed around Mangrove Seedling Neptunes Necklace Seaweed around Mangrove Seedling

Whangateau Estuary. Mangroves are intertidal, which means that they spend their lives…

Neptune’s Necklace Neptune’s Necklace

Whangateau Estuary. Neptune's Necklace (Hormosira banksii) is common in Mangrove…

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