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Tiny Triplefins At Southern Encounter

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Over twenty stunning little triplefin fish are recent arrivals at Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House.

Four species of triplefin are recent additions to Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House. They are: Blue-eyed; Oblique-swimming; Spectacled and Longfinned triplefin and twenty four specimens are on display.

These interesting, colourful, little fish were collected by divers on scuba using a 'slurp gun' which is a large syringe which can be used to suck up small fishes. This method allows animals which would normally be impossible to catch with a hand net to be caught relatively easily.

Southern Encounter's Operations Manager, Dave Bradshaw, says there is a knack to using the 'slurp gun'. "You have to get the nozzle as close to the fish as possible and the fish needs to be facing it otherwise the fish can out-swim the suction."

The triplefins are a diverse group of fish and are common around New Zealand with one third of the world's triplefin species being found along the New Zealand coast. There are at least thirty triplefin species present in New Zealand waters, with all but two being endemic. Triplefins are found around reefs and sub-tidal habitats often in shallow water and rock pools.

"These fish are an example of how amazing our local fish life is, if you just take the time to look. Visitors have the opportunity to view these stunning creatures in fantastic displays at Southern Encounter!" adds Dave.

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