Meet the Residents: Tuna

This shortfin eel (Anguilla australis) and his smaller buddy hang out down stream of our water wheel. He’s about a meter long and thicker than my arm. If the chooks lay their eggs in the long grass instead of in the nesting box and I’m in any doubt about their edibility, the eels get them. You can see them smack their lips with delight.


From DOC – New Zealand freshwater eels can live up to 100 years and breed only once at the end of  their lives. In order to breed, they undergo mass spawning migrations, leaving the familiarity of lakes and rivers to swim all the way up to the subtropical Pacific Ocean, where they spawn en masse in very deep water.


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