Kōrero: Oceanic fish

Moonfish stamp

Moonfish stamp

This 1998 stamp features a moonfish, or opah. It was known to Māori as aro kura – a reference to the oily red flesh – and considered a delicacy. According to one historical account, in the 68 years between 1882 and 1950 only 10 were seen around New Zealand’s coast. Specimens were typically about 1 metre long. In the years from 1990 to 1999 tuna boats took 4,748 moonfish as by-catch.

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New Zealand Post
Reference: 1998 Underwater World stamp issue

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Oceanic fish - Moonfish, flying fish, sunfish and mid-water species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/postage-stamp/8751/moonfish-stamp (accessed 10 May 2021)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006