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Seashore survey

Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014

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Otago University's marine studies centre wants to find out where plants and animals that live between the tides can be found around New Zealand.

They have created a nationwide citizen science project called Marine Metre Squared.

Using the tool, people can survey the plants and animals living on local seashores like those of the Pahurehure Inlet.

Anyone can take part - individuals, families, schools and community groups. Registered members get full access to the online database and can add their own survey data to show others what is living between the tides in their area.

A simple mapping and analysis tool can be used to compare a local shore with the rest of New Zealand to find out which species live where.

Members can also join an online community to connect with others in the MM2 network.

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- Papakura Courier

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