Dr. Grace's Top Four Ma­rine Re­serves

Element - - Ecology -

1. Ker­madec Is­lands: view a mix of tem­per­ate, trop­i­cal and sub­trop­i­cal fish such as the spot­ted black groper, which grows to two me­tres.

2. Poor Knights: visu­ally very at­trac­tive, and filled with sub­trop­i­cal good­ies. Dur­ing sum­mer months or­cas and manta rays play here.

3. Tawha­ranui: pro­tected since 1982, and New Zealand’s new­est ma­rine re­serve. Great to see the re­cov­ery of cray­fish and kelp.

4. One of Fiord­land’s 10 ma­rine re­serves: very spe­cial water con­di­tions cre­ate a unique en­vi­ron­ment. See deep ocean species such as black coral and sea pens which thrive in the low­light, tan­nin stained wa­ters.

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