Secrets of NZ’s bizarre sea creatures revealed

Scoop: Secrets of NZ’s bizarre sea creatures revealed

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: Nga 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 at will go 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 reiterate its call fr 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.