Story: Oceanic fish

Ocean temperatures

This computer animation shows variations of sea-surface temperatures around New Zealand over a one-year period. Red and orange indicate warm water (about 18–21ºC) flowing south from the tropical Pacific. Blue indicates cold water (8–11ºC) flowing north-east from the Southern Ocean. Many of the oceanic fish that visit New Zealand swim through the waters north of North Island, which warm over summer.

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Carl Walrond, 'Oceanic fish - New Zealand’s oceanic species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006