School of fish, Poor Knights Marine ReservePHOTO: Vincent Zintzen ©
About 66 types of sharks are found in New Zealand waters ranging in size from the tiny pygmy shark which grows up to 27 cm long to the 12-metre long whale shark.
Spotted black grouper are only found in southeast Australia, Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, Lord Howe, Norfolk Islands and northern NZ.
Sea snakes and kraits are occasional visitors to New Zealand’s waters, arriving here naturally from time to time on ocean currents.
Although turtles breed in the tropics and sub tropics, there are five species of turtle that are seen in New Zealand waters. Green and Leatherback turtles are the most common.
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