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PHOTO ESSAY: ‘A sweet little animal’

May 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Picture story


“A SWEET little animal” is the way marine research centre volunteer Ross Picard see his charges.

He’s not talking cute kitten and small puppies here. His animals are slimy and rarely seen – sea squirts, sea hares, sea cucumbers and other sea creatures brought in to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre for conservation research.

The southern coast of Wellington is full of rugged species used to the “crash and bash of wave action”, says Ross, who volunteers for the centre’s open days on the first and third Sunday each month in winter.

The cold Antarctic waters bring a rich source of fish within easy reach of Wellington.

Its handy location is also a gift for marine biology studies and in the next few years the centre hopes to move to a larger site near Hungerford Rd.

It already sends breeding fish stock to Niwa.

Lobster fishermen often bring their by-catch to the centre to join the other species under research.

This picture essay shows fishing action on the Wellington waterfront and conservation work at Island Bay.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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