Frostfish massacre in Cook Strait

July 7th, 2023 § 0 comments, Add the 1st

An unseasonably calm winter’s day took me well offshore exploring by boat into Cook Strait where I witnessed and recorded a wildlife feeding frenzy not often seen, and it was included in a NZ Geographic article here:  In the water, New Zealand fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) were diving to catch Frostfish (Lepidopus caudatus), a very long almost snake like fish, but their length required the seal to bring the fish to the surface in order the thrash and rip them apart, taking several minutes per fish.

64624MF00-New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) ripping apart Frostfish (Lepidopus caudatus) it's brought up from depth. Winter. Cook Strait, Wellington City District, North Island, NZThe splashing and commotion caused a large collection of Mollymawks (small albatrosses) to arrive and battle over any morsels flung from the grisly massacre taking place. > > > Continue reading : full post + comments > > >

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