Archives For Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

New Zealand is a global hotspot for sea sponges, they are the most common marine invertebrates around New Zealand’s coastline. Some could be mistaken for colourful splashes of paint on rocks, while others look like lace, seaweed, or fungi.

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For most of us, peering into rockpools was our entry into the weird and wonderful world of our oceans and nothing could quite beat the sensory thrill of gently sticking your finger into a strange, soft, flower-like creature attached to the walls of the rockpool – its instant recoil usually eliciting a squeal of horror and delight!

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A dreaded call perhaps, but sharks – regardless of how we feel about them – are an incredible species who do an important job as an apex predator, keeping ecosystems in balance.

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