Video New Zealand's marine environment

TLF ID M008889

This is a colour video clip of a marine scientist, Dr Candida Savage, discussing the large variety of different habitats within New Zealand's marine environment. Dr Savage is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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  • New Zealand's marine environment is diverse and contains a wide range of different types of habitat. Many of these areas, including the Fiordland, estuaries and the continental shelf, are unique and quite pristine. Compared to many other marine environments around the world, they are mostly unaffected by human activity.
  • In New Zealand's marine environment there is a high biodiversity of plants and animals, many of which are not found anywhere else. The New Zealand cockle ('Austrovenus stutchburyi'), also known by its Māori names, tuaki or tuangi, only lives in coastal New Zealand. The Fiordland bottlenose dolphins ('Tursiops truncatus') are a unique form of the common bottlenose dolphin, distinct from other populations.
  • Many of the habitats along New Zealand's coastline have been relatively unaffected by humans, and so they are important study areas for scientists. In the clip, Dr Savage refers to them as 'natural laboratories'. It is particularly informative to compare these areas with environments that have been altered by human activity.
  • Dr Candida Savage is a marine biologist with a particular interest in understanding how human actions on land affect coastal ecosystems. Her research topics include investigating climate change and its effects on coral reefs. Dr Savage teaches marine science at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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  • Name: University of Waikato
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