The story of the bird on our $2 coin.
Of all the world’s amphibians, the most evolutionarily unusual and critically endangered is the Archey’s frog. The smallest of New Zealand’s four native frogs, this ‘living fossil’ hasn’t changed much in 150 million years. It didn’t evolve ears or a voice, prefers the forest floor to water, and can’t leap without landing in a bellyflop. Why are Archey’s frogs so strange, and what makes them so important?
At a group of tall rock stacks south of the Poor Knights is a huge cavern at a depth of 25 metres, choked with fish and rays, and wallpapered in colourful sponges.
Blue Maomao Arch, tucked into a corner of South Harbour at the Poor Knights hosts huge aggregations of maomao. But can you see the demoiselles?
At the northern extent of the Poor Knights Islands is a gash in the rock, cutting through a promontory to a depth of more than 40 metres. Pink maomao and rays parade through it, day in day out.
Protected from fishing for 35 years, the waters of the Poor Knights Islands abound with life. Diver and conservationist Wade Doak called this place a "wet library", a sort of reference section for marine life unfettered by human activity, and an image of hope for the future of our coasts.
Natural History New Zealand producer and cameraman Max Quinn on decades of documentaries.
No one knew that Kaikōura was home to the world’s only alpine-dwelling seabird until an amateur ornithologist following a rumour discovered its burrows high in the mountains. As the bizarre attributes and tenuous existence of the Hutton’s shearwater slowly came to light, Kaikōura took up the mantle of protecting its local bird—just in time to witness the destruction of its breeding grounds in the November 2016 earthquake.
Explore a Snares-crested penguin colony with 360 video.
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Ian takes his 16-year-old son, Lee, on a volunteer shark research mission to meet the White Tips of Osprey Reef… face to face. Lee braves his first shark encounter and even acts as underwater cameraman for the researchers—but suffers a shark bit while tagging. But like father, like son, Lee doesn’t seem to have lost his nerve.
How do the top ten most extreme births in the animal kingdom stack up against the best (and worst) human labours?
How do the top ten most extreme cheats in the animal kingdom stack up against the best human cons, crooks and swindlers?
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