Introducing Idiotropiscis aotearoa
In February I found a pair of pygmy pipehorses near the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand. It was a new species and now it has a name: Idiotropiscis aotearoa.
Springtime - the source of so much joy as the sun returns after winter - is a time of dread for many scuba divers in New Zealand. It brings with it phytoplankton blooms that provide salps with the food source they need for rapid reproduction. Colonial species can form chains twenty metres long.
Small and shy
Small and shy - the life of a triplefin
I'm fascinated by the tiny triplefins that make up a big part of the New Zealand reef ecosystem. We have 26 endemic species - triplefins that are only found naturally occurring in NZ.
Octopuses can do this cool thing - change colour and texture. They can blend into their surroundings and become practically invisible. Thousands of colour-changing cells called chromatophores are manipulated to pull off this remarkable feat.