Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Longfin eel (2nd of 2)

Longfin eel

Longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachii) live mainly in rivers and inland waterways. They are probably the world’s largest eel – they can grow up to 1.75 metres, and the largest one on record weighed 24 kilograms. New Zealand longfin eels are found naturally in no other country.

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Origins and types of tuna – eels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007