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Marine Biodiversity

In this section we will explore different areas of marine biodiversity all around New Zealand. 

Here is a great place for your to go to explore marine diversity.

Treasures of the Sea. 

WWF-New Zealand is launching an exciting new online resource that for the first time provides a gateway to all that’s known about life in New Zealand’s oceans. 
The Treasures of the Sea: Ngā Taonga a Tangaroa is a species-group by species-group guide to New Zealand’s marine life - from the bizarre feeding habits of the straptoothed whale, to the divorce rate of (usually) monogamous albatross. The leading marine scientists on New Zealand’s biodiversity have pooled their knowledge to create the new online resource, which was edited by NIWA Prinicipal Scientist Dr Alison MacDiarmid. 

The new microsite Treasures of the Sea  went live on Friday 29 June, after an official preview launch event at Te Papa on Thursday 28 June for the marine science community of New Zealand.  At the event, WWF-New Zealand will call for a national network of marine reserves, which the global conservation organisation says is vital to protecting New Zealand’s unique marine biodiversity, much of which is under threat from human activity. 

New Zealand’s ocean is a globally significant hotspot of marine biodiversity and home to some of the world’s weirdest sea creatures – from the world’s largest spiny lobster to the strap-toothed whale, which is believed to catch its prey using suction. Nearly half (44 per cent) of New Zealand marine life exists nowhere else on the blue planet but here in Aotearoa – and new species are being discovered all the time.  But until WWF-New Zealand commissioned NIWA to create The Treasures of the Sea, the scientific information wasn’t easily accessible. Sponsors