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Marine Biodiversity

White Island Bay of Plenty

Active offshore volcano: White Island, Bay of Plenty

Diverse Habitats within the Bay of Plenty

The Coastal Marine Field Station provides a research platform for access to arguably the largest range of marine habitats possible, from brackish water lagoons and sheltered estuaries, to open, exposed sandy beaches and offshore island reefs. Habitats even include an offshore active volcano with submarine gaseous vents.

Biodiversity of the Bay of Plenty marine environment ranges from cold temperate to subtropical species and the Tuhua Marine Reserve nearby adds to the opportunity for comprehensive research.

 

 

  • The Coastal Marine Field Station has access to some incredible marine life.
    Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Seal
    Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Nudibranchs and eggs.
    Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Diver from the Coastal Marine Field Station

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

  • Photo courtesy of Tracey Bates

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