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Island marine reserve
Goat Island is a small island off the rocky coast near the township of Leigh in New Zealand. It is famous as New Zealand's first marine reserve, adjacent to the Leigh Marine Laboratory. A few hundred thousand visitors come to Goat Island each year to snorkel with the legendary snapper and other friendly fish. The reserve is also visited by many school children as part of their education outside the classroom. Google map. Read the Goat Island chapter for more.
Fishes of the Goat Island marine reserve, part1,
2 (links to YouTube)
Meet the common fishes of the Goat Island marine reserve near Leigh in New Zealand, in 27 minutes of amazing images and facts. Many of these - if not all - you will encounter while snorkelling in the marine reserve: piper, trevally, jackmackerel, kingfish, kahawai, blue maomao, sweep, demoiselle, parore, silver drummer, butterfish, marblefish, kelpfish, banded wrasse, red moki, blue cod, spotty, leatherjacket, snapper, bigeye, slender roughy, dwarf scorpionfish, yellow moray, conger, goatfish, porae, eagle ray, short-tail stingray, long-tail stingray, john dory, scarlet wrasse, butterfly perch, red cod, boarfish, crested blenny, triplefins: schooling, common, variable, chocolate, spectacled, blue-eye, and pipefish, seahorse.
Learn more about the first marine reserve in New Zealand, established in 1975.