It's time for a lockdown competition!
To highlight our 'fish of the year' winner, whai repo (eagle rays), as well as the other amazing ika of Aotearoa we are starting Ika Feature. We will share fun facts about our amazing underwater friends so we can all gain a greater appreciation of their critical role in our oceans. To kick start this we are running a colouring competition and giving away some fun prizes to the winners of each age category (listed below).
Ages 16 and above
How to enter:
Competition closes on the 5th September at 5pm, so start getting creative!!
Whai repo (eagle ray) fun facts:
- They are part of the cartilaginous fish family. That means they have no hard bones in their body and are in the same family as sharks and other rays.
- For defence against threats they have a venomous spine on their tails (like other ray species).
- Females are generally larger than males.
- Whai repo can be easily distinguished from other rays in New Zealand by their diamond shape. They flap their wings at the same time, like a bird, while other rays, like stingrays, are round in shape and ripple their wings to move.
- They are a favourite snack of orca.
- Originally thought to be endemic to New Zealand, until it was discovered that the Australian eagle ray species was identical.