Day 18 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

December 27th, 2011

On Moturoa, New Zealand


  
Turkeys! These are a common sighting on Moturoa.
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Spencer  
Spencer on Moturoa. Here is a similar photo from our last trip in 2007.
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Ever wonder what the business-end of a sea urchin looks like? The mouth includes a pretty elaborate structure which historically has been called Aristotle's Lantern (although in recent times, per the wiki page, it is beleived that Aristotle was refering to the whole urchin.). (see wiki)
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CJ is tagging and taking data on the dead blue penguin, also called Little Penguins as they are the smallest species of penguin. These little critters nest in burrows on the island. See yesterday's page for a picture of a chick taken by Spencer. (see also wiki)
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Scrambling around on Alcatraz.
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More scrambling around on Alcatraz.
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One of the gannets in the pictures above is real and the rest are decoys. Can you tell? Paul Asquith, a friend of Carol and CJ's, has worked to intoduce native species on the island. He has set up many decoys to encourage the social gannets to visit. We enjoyed watching them (the live birds) dive into the bay to catch fish. Here is a link to the WIki page or see the "All About Birds" site.
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Tide pooling here will spoil you. There is an amazing number of bat stars, chitons, hermit crabs, snails, sea urchins, little fish, ...
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We were very fortunate to watch a very active octupus who seems to like blue things. It all started with a pair of blue Crocs....and ended with Peter saying "this was the best tide pooling EVER!"
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Here is an embeded video of an octopus showing off how well they can camouflage themselves. I didn't see "our" octopus going into camo mode, but this page seems to be a good spot to collect octopus links.
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More tide pooling and then walking back along the tidal shelf.
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