A short film featuring Goat Island, Leigh, New Zealand.
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Favoured by snorkelers, divers and day trippers alike, Goat Island is New Zealand's longest established marine reserve.
The name originates from the ancient maritime practice of leaving a couple of goats (since they do not need to drink) when small, uninhabited islands (having no dependable water supply) were found, for potential future use as an emergency food source.
The island had previously been stocked with goats and pigs, but the pigs swam and escaped to the mainland, leaving the goats and the name. There's also the Hen and Chicken Islands on the reserve too!
A stunning diversity of marine species can be found here (many featured in this film), such as spotties, red moki, kelpfish, marblefish, moray and conger eel, silver drummer, crayfish, snapper, blue cod, bearded mussel, seahorse, global sponges, sea squirts, stick bryozoa, hydroid trees, blue maomao, demoiselle and kahawai.
The island's notable ornithology includes pied shags, petrels and little blue penguins.
Click here for more information about the Goat Island glass bottom boat.
Posted 1:15 AM, Thursday, 29 January 2009, by Faber Optimé. Post permanently located here. Click here to email the author about this post.