Kelpfish Chironemus marmoratus (hiwihiwi) cannot float so it glides short distances among kelp.
Triggerfish (leatherjacket) Parika scaber
The most common sea urchin around the coast of New Zealand is Evechinus chloroticus, also called kina.
There is that zone where the intertidal and and deeper water weeds mix.
Sometimes they form coastal areas that look like miniature replicas of giant Macrocystis kelp forests.
I am not sure if this sea slug, clown nudibranch Ceratosoma amoenum, is common. Last summer we saw many of them on the rocks in very shallow water, perhaps less than one meter deep, in Maitai Bay in Northland. However, I don’t remember seeing them there in previous years. I used to see them regularly […]