New Zealand’s longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia)

The longfin eels of New Zealand are a unique and threatened species with a precarious future.  They can take 20 or more years to reach maturity, and reproduce only once In their lives.  Once they are mature they leave their freshwater homes and swim many miles out to sea where the eggs are laid and fertilized.  They then drift back to New Zealand on the ocean currents, eventually swimming upstream to restart the life cycle.

sunlight on water
hiding place


Been a rough couple of days here as the cyclone that hit Australia is now giving us a bit of a wet time.  Flood warnings here in Whanganui as the river rises, and some people standing by to evacuate.  The river hasn’t peaked yet.  Thought the worst was over but it’s now raining again… So I’ll just leave you with some autumn sunshine.


Autumn is showing itself as a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness as John Keats wrote.  Mushrooms are popping up everywhere, the apples and grapes are ripe (although the birds are getting most of those).  In the park this morning a family were gathering chestnuts, and acorns litter the grass.  Down by the river fishermen were catching herring.  Couldn’t resist these images…