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Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Stargazer

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Stargazer
Image by Roger Grace, published on 04/05/2011

A strange fish in the Whangateau Harbour is the stargazer. It is an “ambush” predator, lurking below the sand surface. If a crab or small fish comes close, the stargazer lunges forward and swallows the prey in one gulp. A few quick wriggles and the fish disappears again below the sand.

Tags: Bioregions/habitats | Eastern North Island | Northeastern | NZ Biodiversity | Marine habitats | Sandy Bottom | NZ Inshore Fish | Stargazer | Special Places | Whangateau Estuary

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